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What type of brush are you using to clean your teeth? Most people don’t realize that the toothbrush they use can actually make a difference in dental care – as well as potentially damage the enamel of your teeth. Look at your toothbrush and ask yourself: Is it time to upgrade?

Here’s what you should know:

Manual Toothbrushes

One of the reasons that manual toothbrushes are popular is the price; they are ultra-affordable and easy-enough to toss out. Subscription services offer dental implements, like manual toothbrushes, delivered periodically to remind consumers that it is time to replace. A manual toothbrush is versatile and does the same work that a more expensive toothbrush does, but uses more elbow grease to do the job. When using a manual toothbrush, however, it is important to be wary of how you brush. Brushing too vigorously or hard can actually damage the enamel of your teeth, causing discomfort, sensitivity, and possible dental issues later.

Electric Toothbrushes

An electric toothbrush costs more than its conventional manual counterpart, but offers a variety of options that may make it easier for some to maintain good oral hygiene. Some styles have inherent timers so that the user is prompted to brush longer, perhaps more thoroughly. It may also be easier to reach difficult areas with the dexterity offered by an electric toothbrush. Some patients report enjoying the feeling and sensation of using an electric toothbrush and feel that it is most effective at getting all areas of the mouth clean and fresh. It is still possible to damage enamel with an electric toothbrush, especially if you use firm replacement heads.

Toothbrush Bristles

Be wary of the type of bristles that your toothbrush has, soft, medium, or firm. Hard-bristled toothbrushes, or firm, are not recommended by dentists typically. They are too rough on tooth enamel- especially if you brush frequently. Over time, your enamel can erode causing life-long sensitivity and even pain. Go easy and brush gently; this is the best approach to protecting your teeth and gums.

It is the general recommendation of The American Dental Association (ADA) that patients use soft bristled toothbrushes, preferably with multiple layers of bristles angled to reach tough-to-access spots of the teeth and mouth.

Braces Toothbrush

If you wear braces, you still need to be careful of the toothbrush that you pick. When you tooth brush braces, you run the risk of damaging the wires and also missing key areas that could be susceptible to tartar and plaque. If you wear orthodontic equipment, like braces, you can use either a manual or an electric toothbrush with the same results if you use it regularly, brush vigilantly, and be careful.

Determine if you are doing more harm than good with your toothbrush of choice and use these tips to upgrade your current toothbrush. For dental care in Mt Pleasant, SC, call Old Mt Pleasant Dentistry.