Regular brushing is critical to maintaining oral health. Our dentists at Lovett Dental Conroe help patients maintain their oral health by providing the education they need to maintain their teeth in between dental exams and cleanings. While most people are familiar with the practice of brushing daily after meals and before bed, many are surprised to learn there is a science to choosing the right toothbrush. Your dentist at Lovett Dental Conroe will help you and your family choose the best types of toothbrushes for your unique oral care needs.
Electric vs. Manual Types of Toothbrushes
Since the introduction of the first nylon toothbrushes to the marketplace in the 1930s, technology has advanced and brought us a plethora of options. Today, most stores sell manual toothbrushes and electric options. Electric toothbrushes can be battery-operated and disposable, or the higher-end models can have a reusable base with replaceable, disposable brush heads. The decision between manual versus powered brushes ultimately rests on individual preference and brushing habits.
Both manual and electric brushes are capable of removing plaque buildup and keeping the teeth and gums healthy. Patients who have a habit of brushing too aggressively may prefer a powered brush because the electronic motion reduces the need for the user to apply pressure when brushing. Ultimately, you should choose a brush you can use gently and enjoy utilizing it as a regular part of your daily brushing routine.
Manual and electric brushes come in three levels of bristle softness: soft, medium, and hard. For most people, a brush with soft bristles is the safest, most comfortable choice. Brushes with medium or hard bristles can cause bleeding and even damage the gums, root surface, and enamel. Brushes with rounded bristles offer additional protection against damage caused by overly aggressive brushing. Individuals who have gum disease or weakened enamel should consult their Lovett periodontist or general dentist for additional guidance in choosing the right level of softness for their oral health needs.
Choosing the Right Size
A toothbrush of the correct size can access all tooth surfaces. Most adults require a toothbrush head that measures a half-inch wide and one inch tall. Toothbrushes with larger heads exist. However, a larger toothbrush head may not easily reach teeth located in narrower areas that can be more difficult to access. Finally, the toothbrush handle should be long enough for the user to hold the brush comfortably while reaching all areas in the mouth. Small children typically require specially sized pediatric toothbrushes. Your Lovett pediatric dentist can recommend an appropriate toothbrush for your child.
Routine Dental Care and Beyond
Whether you are looking for a dentist who can recommend the right toothbrush for your toddler or you are new to town and are looking for a new home dentist, the professional team at Lovett Dental Conroe can help. Our dentists will conduct your routine exams when you visit us for regular cleanings. If your dentist detects a potentially threatening condition, we offer gold-standard restorative dentistry solutions.
Also, we can recommend safe cosmetic dentistry options to help you achieve the brightest smile through our teeth whitening treatment. But we can also help individuals fix minor dents or chips as well as gaps or crowding so you have an even, satisfying smile. Our multidisciplinary practice also offers orthodontic care and highly skilled oral surgeons to correct more severe underlying conditions and improve overall dental health.
To learn more about the best types of toothbrushes or to schedule a routine exam, call Lovett Dental Conroe today at 936-760-2400. Our friendly, professional staff will work with you so you can schedule an appointment at your convenience. Come and experience a new standard of service excellence at our modern dental practice in Conroe.