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Pick Your Perfect Toothbrush: 1800Dentist.com

Rumor has it that worldwide more, people own a phone than a toothbrush (Mobile Marketing Association of Asia). However, in regards to dental care a mobile phone will do very little to clean teeth. That is why owning and using the essential medical device is an integral part of the oral hygiene equation, but sadly choosing the right toothbrush can be nearly as complicated as selecting a cell phone plan.

Anyone who has tried to buy a new toothbrush recently may have been overwhelmed by the task. Aside from choices such as manual and electric toothbrushes, there are a myriad of distinguishing features that can make or break a toothbrush. Not only do toothbrushes come in nearly every color of the rainbow, but also there are variations in materials used, types of bristles, shapes and textures that can make selecting the right tool difficult; fortunately 1-800-DENTIST has tips that can streamline the selection process.

Go Soft

While in some cases hard rules, when it comes to a toothbrush for dental care, the softer the better. When it comes to oral hygiene, hard dental bristles have been associated with causing dental problems including gum recession and unnecessary wear and tear of dental enamel. Stiff bristles may indeed help remove dental plaque but the fibers are not as giving and therefore can contribute to declining dental health.

Unless a dentist advises otherwise, toothbrush shoppers are encouraged to select nylon-bristled toothbrushes as not only are they are more sanitary than natural fibers, the material can be malleable and have the ability to conform to the  shape of teeth and get in tight spaces. Ultimately that will contribute to a better and more effective brushing technique.


Go Smaller

Once upon a time, everything in America was bigger and that included everything ranging from cars to homes and toothbrushes. In regards to the latter, some may erroneously believe bigger is better as a larger toothbrush head may be more effective in removing greater amounts of dental plaque, nothing can be further from the truth.

When it comes to toothbrush head size, smaller is better as a tinier devices can be more easily angled and manipulated to reach the back areas in the oral cavity. Just like the miniscule tools used to paint on rice or cut diamonds, a smaller toothbrush head allows for precision and accuracy.

Go Electric

Broxodent was the world's first electric toothbrush. The device was invented in Switzerland in 1954 with the intent of making tooth brushing and dental care easier for those with limited motor skills and patients who wore dental braces. Now there are electric toothbrush options featuring sonic cleaning, spinning heads and other features to boost the tooth-brushing product and relying on these types of devices can provide the best dental health boost.

Electric toothbrushes do the work for consumers, and minimize the amount of effort required of oral hygiene. While dentist encourage individuals to brush their teeth for a full two minutes, many people skip that time recommendation. While some may skip it because they lack time, others may skip out as the task is rather exhausting. An electric toothbrush will do what is needed of a good brushing session, no physical exertion required.

Individuals looking for more tips on how to pick the perfect toothbrush should talk to their dentist directly about the job. No dentist, no problem. You can simply call 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7 to get the name of a great, local dentist up to the task of helping you out.

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