Scottsdale DentistSometimes, the very reason for why our pearly whites are less than perfect and our gums are just a little red and swollen have something to do with the toothbrush that we are using. Here are some of the top mistakes we make when picking toothbrushes:

Wrong Size

The size of our toothbrush should be commensurate to the size of our mouth. This means that the head of our brush should not be too huge or too small. You shouldn’t have to work so hard to open your mouth when brushing your teeth, and if that’s the case, you should opt for a smaller brush. At the same time, the handle should feel comfortable on your hand. If the handle is too large, then manually manipulating the toothbrush could be rather difficult.

Wrong Bristles

Majority of dentists are saying that the best toothbrush one could own is one with soft bristles. This is because hard bristles could damage your gums and cause gingivitis. But finding soft bristled toothbrushes are easier said than done. This is because manufacturers are not really supplying stores with enough soft bristled brushes thinking that consumers would opt rather for hard or moderate bristled brushes rather than their soft bristled counterparts. If that is your problem, you can ask your dentist if they sell soft bristled toothbrushes.

Not Brushing Long Enough

Dentists say that in order for brushing your teeth to really benefit your pearly whites, you need to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes. While adults may not have any trouble adhering to this time limit, your kids may not be that compliant in brushing their teeth for more than just a couple of seconds. One way for you to encourage your kids to brush for the whole 2 minutes, you can buy electric toothbrushes which have built in timers.

Brushing Too Hard

When you’re brushing too hard, you could cause the dental enamel of your teeth to wear down and you could also cause the inflammation of your gums. You know that you’re applying too much pressure when you see streaks of blood in the sink right after brushing your teeth. Also, dentists are advising against brushing too often since this has the same result as brushing too hard. While there’s nothing wrong with brushing after every meal, impulsive behavior which includes brushing your teeth more than 3 times in a day could wear out your enamel, expose the dentin and make the pulp region susceptible to infection.

No matter how well you brush it is still important to get your regular dental exam in Scottsdale AZ at Belmont Dentistry.

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