Which Toothbrush and Toothpaste Our Coral Springs Dentist Recommends.
Recommended Toothbrushes and Toothpaste.
It can be confusing and frustrating when standing in the oral health isle in the store. Which toothbrush and toothpaste is the best? Which is the most effective? Which bristles are better, and does the whitening paste actually work? Also, if you have teeth sensitivity, should you use a regular brand, or something else? If you face these questions, who is better to ask than your Coral Springs Dentist?
Let’s review first, the different types of toothbrushes, which is best, and why. Typically, you will find bristles in soft, medium or hard varieties. The bristles of a toothbrush are made of nylon and are synthetic. When using a medium or hard variety, you can, in turn, cause your gums to become irritated and sensitive. Some folks believe that a medium or hard bristled toothbrush will get their teeth cleaner, but that is just not the case. Hard bristles will also wear away at your natural enamel, something that you can’t get back. I recommend using a soft bristle brush, this is due to the fact that a soft bristle will not damage the gums and will protect tooth enamel. Using a soft bristle brush will also be most comfortable for most users. As long as you are following proper brushing techniques, a soft brush is best and won’t harm your enamel or gums.
Manual vs Electric Toothbrushes, Which is Suggested?
Some people love manual brushes while others will only use an electric one. Which is better? This is a common question that patients ask when visiting our dentist in Coral Springs. Some feel the power of the electric is better, while others feel that doing the brushing completely on their own is the best way. So who is right? As long as you follow the proper steps when brushing, either toothbrush is just as effective. There are pros and cons to either type. For example, some pros to a manual brush would be the many options or styles available. Many brands will carry a particular shape of a smaller head for your comfort. Also, manual toothbrushes are cheaper than electric brands. With a manual brush, you can also set the pressure of the bristle which is something that a person with sensitive teeth may be concerned about. Cons aren’t many, pretty much an electric brush will reduce the need for you to actually do the work of a manual brush. Electric brushes are easy to use and many have a built in timer. Timing is important because I recommend that you brush for at least two minutes. A toothbrush with a timer will allow you to keep track so that you are cleaning your teeth for the proper amount of time. Electric toothbrushes do cost more and often need to be charged or have the batteries replaced. Basically, either type of toothbrush will get the job done!
Review Toothpaste Options with Our Coral Springs Dentist.
Now let’s go over which toothpaste you should be buying. Personally, I feel that any type of paste with fluoride is best to use. You may have a personal preference due to taste or texture, but as long as it is a toothpaste containing fluoride, you can expect similar results. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, then you should buy a paste that focuses on this issue. Read the ingredients and choose a paste that contains a desensitizing ingredient such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. Perhaps you are looking for a toothpaste that reduces tooth discoloration. There are many pastes that claim they will whiten your teeth, and they may just do that to some degree, but it will be a short-lived whiteness and probably not effective on all teeth. For whitening, I recommend that you visit our Coral Springs dental office to discuss much more effective ways to brighten your smile. If you are prone to cavities or plaque buildup, look for toothpaste that have elements to fight those issues. Natural toothpaste work well also. Make sure that you look for the ADA (American Dental Association) seal to ensure they are going to be effective. And for those that wear dentures, you can use regular toothpaste or you can remove the dentures and use an antibacterial denture cleaner.
When you have regular cleanings by one of our hygienist in our Coral Springs dental office, you will notice a great improvement in your overall oral health. Your smile will be brighter, your breath will be fresher, and you should expect to have fewer cavities and gum inflammation. Working together, we can give you a beautiful smile. Remember to brush and floss daily, also, don’t forget to brush your tongue daily as well. Call us today to schedule a cleaning to keep your mouth healthy. Other services that we provide are cosmetic dentistry, restorations, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Oral surgery and laser dentistry. We will also make every possible effort to get you in right away if you are having a dental emergency.
Fun Fact: The original toothbrush was generally made using small twigs in which the user would rub against their teeth in order to remove stuck food. Then in China, they were made using the stiff hair from the back of a hog’s neck and then attached to handles. Toothpaste was once consisting of crushed bones and oyster shells. An Iraqi musician invented a paste, however, the exact ingredients used are still a mystery. The Powder paste was invented next, using chalk, brick, or salt. Thankfully we now have a much better way to clean our teeth!