Care for Your Smile By Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are meant to thoroughly clean each tooth in your smile every day. However, there are toothbrushes available that can harm your gums and inadequately scrub your chompers. To help you pick the best brush for your smile, our Smiles Dental team recommends looking for and using a brush that has the following characteristics:

· Soft bristles: Soft bristles not only effectively and successfully clean your smile, but they also care for the gums and keep them in tip-top shape. Many people think hard bristles are the best way to go, but that is not the case. Hard bristles irritate the gums and make them move away from the teeth, resulting in tooth sensitivity.

· A comfortable toothbrush head: It’s tough to brush your teeth when the head of the toothbrush is too big, which is why we recommend choosing a brush that has a head about 1 inch long and ½ inch wide. The head should cover about two teeth at a time.

· A motivating design or model: If you’re motivated to brush with a certain type of toothbrush, we recommend using it. It can be an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush that has superhero characters on it. Either way, as long as you enjoy brushing, you are on the right track.

A brush with these qualities will help you maintain a strong and healthy smile for a lifetime. If you have any questions or if you would like specific toothbrush recommendations based on your oral health, we encourage you to call 541.378.4423 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Natanael Repta. Our dental team is happy to help you in any way possible, so please remember that you can call and ask for assistance at any time!