Picking the right toothbrush can mean the difference between reaching all areas of your mouth and frequently missing spaces that collect bacteria. At Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX, proper dental hygiene education is one of our top priorities.
A major difference between toothbrushes is that some are electric and some are manual. While studies show that electric and manual toothbrushes do about the same job cleaning, electric toothbrushes may be easier for people with hand difficulties. For instance, patients with arthritis may be able to take better care of their mouth with an electric toothbrush since it handles a lot of the work.
Whether you choose electric or manual, a good grip on the handle is important. A small head is also recommended for reaching those hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. You want to make sure you can reach your back molars. When choosing the bristles, softer bristles are best for removing plaque. Bristles that are too stiff can irritate gums and actually wear down enamel. This can actually make you prone to cavities and lead to sensitivity.
Toothbrushes should help you take care of your mouth, not cause damage or promote disease. To learn more about Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX, call us at (512) 451-7491 or visit our website, www.fredrickshawdds.com.