One of the most commonly asked questions in a dental practice is, “What toothbrush should I be using?” Different dental professionals will have different opinions, but for the most part all dentists will agree on two things.
- Brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush is best for reducing the amount of plaque buildup, while also eliminating many of the abrasion forces. Abrasion can occur when a patient continuously brushes with too much force at the gum line. This can cause the gum line (gingiva) to recede, leading to exposure of the tooth root, periodontal health issues, and can ultimately lead to tooth loss or an emergency dental appointment if left untreated. If you believe you may be brushing incorrectly, visit your dentist in Albuquerque, and they can advise you on proper brushing technique and equipment.
- Brushing with something is better than not brushing at all. Plaque can accumulate and create a biofilm at the gingival sulcus within 24 hours. Once the plaque has accumulated, any sort of sugar (glucose) intake allows the bacteria to produce acid. The acid produced (lactic acid) is caustic to the surface of your teeth (enamel) and this is the primary cause of tooth decay (caries, cavities). The more often you reduce the number of attached bacteria on the surface of your teeth, allows for less of a chance of cavities. Good oral hygiene also reduces foul breath, can improve your professional appearance, and can prolong your chances of reducing dental appointment fees.
As for the selection of a toothbrush, I’m sure you all have seen that there are countless dental products available. I personally like and use the Sonicare electric toothbrush, but any soft bristled or electric toothbrush used with the proper brushing technique and a trusted toothpaste will help improve your overall oral hygiene. If you have inflamed gingiva (gingivitis) do yourself a favor and start brushing and flossing today. We all need to remember, we’re only given one set of permanent teeth and if we neglect to take care of them, they may leave us forever. When presenting to young students I like to present them with the question, “Would you rather buy a new car, or a new set of teeth?” By taking care of your teeth and regularly seeing your dentist, you can save yourself a lifetime of pain and money.