Which type of toothbrush should I use?
There are all different brands of toothbrushes, and much of it comes down to personal preference. But what you want to do is use a toothbrush that has a soft-bristled head. You might also wish to consider using a smaller head because it makes it easier to reach all the nooks and crannies in your mouth.
Avoid brushes that have medium or hard bristles; these can be irritating to the soft tissues of the mouth and can cause gum recession.
The way you brush your teeth is also important. Don’t “scrub” your teeth and gums. This can cause irritation to the gums. Brush gently—and brush for a full two minutes, focusing 30 seconds on each portion of your mouth.
Regardless of how diligent your home care, it’s important to remember that nothing takes the place of visiting your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Plaque buildup on teeth is inevitable, even with good brushing and flossing habits.
Once the plaque has hardened into a substance called tartar, or calculus, it can only be removed by special dental tools. Getting your teeth cleaned professionally twice every year will keep the tartar at bay and will prevent it from developing below the gum surface and causing infection.
Regular trips to the dentist will also ensure that decay or other issues are spotted early on, when treatment is easier and often less invasive.
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