Welcome back to the Jeffery A. Spilman DDS blog!
We are confident that once your smile is entrusted to our care, you will love coming to see us time after time.
To make you feel completely at home in our St. Petersburg office, we offer a number of comfort options, including pillows and blankets, and headphones with a range of music options on an iPad. What’s more, if you’re feeling anxious about your treatments, we also have sedation options available, including nitrous oxide and oral sedation.
To stay on track, you will want to come in every six months, at least, for a checkup. And in between your office visits, you will want to maximize your efforts at home. That’s why today we want to talk about selecting the best weapon for your never-ending battle against tooth decay: a toothbrush.
Keep reading and then be sure to get in touch with our Florida-based team to schedule your next preventive appointment with Dr. Spilman.
Brushing Is The Best Defense
If all goes according to plan, you will be using your toothbrush every day, at least twice a day, for two minutes or more. This means that you should be intimately acquainted with your weapon of choice.
But have you ever paid close attention to it?
Why did you pick it out?
Was it some special aspect draw you towards it (like a tongue scraper or vibrations), or did you choose it based on color scheme and/or the presence of a particular image or character?
Even if it performs special functions, none of that really makes any difference in terms of effectiveness.
Seriously, all that really matters is size and bristle firmness.
All the rest is just fluff.
Choosing an effective toothbrush is not complicated, but it is important that you choose the right one, or else you may not be getting your teeth as clean as you could be, and you could be putting yourself at risk for problems later on.
Around here, we like to emphasize that no two mouths are alike, and the toothbrush that is best for you may not be best for someone else.
The Right Size For You
The size determines how easily you can maneuver your toothbrush to reach the challenging sections of your mouth.
Your back teeth, or molars, are difficult to brush, and if the head of your toothbrush is too large, or if the handle is too short, then it can be a real chore.
Also, if the the head is too small, you will have to work that much harder to cover the surface area of your teeth, which will make it easier to overlook spots, especially when you are half asleep.
Another thing to consider is that if the handle of the brush is too long, you run the risk of injuring the soft tissue inside your mouth. The inside of your cheeks and the back of your throat are particularly sensitive.
So, what is best? We have found that a toothbrush with a head that is about a ½ inch wide by an inch long is the ideal size for the typical American adult. The handle needs to be long enough for you to be able to get a good grip on it and work it with ease.
The Softness Factor
It might surprise you to learn that most people need to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. The medium and/or hard bristled brushes may be fine if you are dealing with abnormal plaque and tartar build up, but you will want to be careful so as not to inflict damage on your teeth and gums.
In addition to brushing, the surefire way to eradicate tartar, plaque, and bacteria that has built up is to visit us every 3-6 months for a professional teeth cleaning. At that point, we may make recommendations regarding your toothbrush, dental floss, and mouthwash choices.