If you are looking to be a concert pianist, you wouldn’t purchase a kids’ toy piano. Or if you want to make the best coffee, you will invest in a quality coffee maker that brews the perfect cup. The same applies to your oral health. If you want a healthy smile, you need to use the right instruments to achieve oral health and reduce the risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay. Dr. John Pappas of Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, AZ recommends learning more about how to choose the right toothbrush to protect the smile from damage, disease, and decay.
What to look for when purchasing a toothbrush
When you are shopping for a toothbrush, there are a few things that you should keep in mind:
- The bristles are important- they should be soft enough to avoid damaging your teeth and gums, but also firm enough to remove plaque.
- Regular replacement. It is also important to replace your toothbrush regularly- every three or four months is generally sufficient. After you have an illness, you should also replace your toothbrush to avoid reinfection.
- Electric vs. manual. If you are unsure whether to choose an electric or manual toothbrush, consult your dentist. They will be able to help you decide which type of brush is best suited for your oral care needs.
When brushing with your toothbrush, you should always be careful not to apply too much pressure as this can result in bleeding and swelling. Patients can also ask Dr. John Pappas at Arcadia Dental Arts if the toothbrush they are currently using is appropriate for his or her needs. Some patients may also be told by their dentist that they can integrate other tools to improve oral health, including waterpiks or mouthwash.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. John Pappas
Remember these tips when shopping for a new toothbrush. By keeping them in mind, you can find the perfect brush for optimal oral health to last you a lifetime. If you have questions about obtaining the tools and instruments helpful in keeping cavities and periodontal disease from occurring and live in the area of Phoenix, AZ, our team at Arcadia Dental Arts can assist. Call the office at (602) 957-9643 to visit us at 4124 North 40th Street.