At Freedom Village Dental, our dentists are often asked how to choose that most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking the right toothbrush can be hard, especially one for a child, and there seems to be just as many choices.
If you have visited the dental section of your local grocery store, you know what we mean. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up.
Choosing a Toothbrush for a Child
When selecting a toothbrush for a child, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feel awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized toothbrush. Some kids can handle an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child-size brush. If you are unsure, ask us.
Is your child’s toothbrush and brushing technique doing the job? Schedule an exam at Freedom Village Dental to find out. At Freedom Village Dental, our dental hygienists help all our patients learn proper brushing techniques.
Beware of Firm Bristles
One crucial factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. This does not hold true for teeth; medium and firm brushes can harm your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are stiff enough to wipe plaque, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also provide more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
Schedule a Dental Cleaning
If your teeth have plaque that has hardened into tartar, no amount of brushing will remove it; you need to come in for a cleaning and checkup at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC. We offer pediatric dentistry, and a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Make an appointment today.
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