Dr. Melody Pongmanopap and our dental team care for you and your smile, which is why we frequently encourage oral hygiene and smile care. As you clean your chompers each day, we ask that you please use safe and effective tools. Whether you believe it or not, there are oral hygiene products that can harm your teeth and gums. However, there are also products that can perform a great and proper cleaning job, and our Smiles Dental team is here to help you find those products! When looking for a toothbrush, we recommend searching for one that has the following characteristics:
· Soft bristles: Many people believe that it’s best to have a toothbrush with hard bristles, but that is not the case. Hard bristles tend to irritate and harm the gums, making them move away from the teeth and exposing the tooth roots. This could cause extreme tooth sensitivity. So, the best way to go is with soft bristles.
· A comfortable toothbrush head: It’s important to choose a brush with a comfortable head size. That way the brush will fit perfectly in your mouth. It’s best to pick a head size that is 1 inch long and ½ inch wide—one that will brush two teeth at a time.
· A motivating design or model: If you are more motivated to brush with a tool that is electric or has superheroes on it, please feel free to purchase that brush! Both electric and manual toothbrushes perform a safe and thorough cleaning job, so feel free to use whichever brush you enjoy the most.
If you choose a brush that has these qualities, you will be on the right track toward a successful oral health! If you have any questions or if you would like additional tips regarding different oral hygiene tools, please call 360.464.9797 and talk to a member of our team. We will be thrilled to give you the tips you need to succeed!