Tooth brushing Mistake No.2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles“

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You and your family might be careful about brushing and flossing daily, avoiding sugary drinks and eating sweets in moderation. You might have considered visiting the orthodontist and taking your children there as well to ensure that they have unforgettable smiles and healthier teeth thanks to Invisalign braces. You think you’re doing everything right, so it may come as a shock to realize that you’re doing something wrong, and that something might be using the wrong toothbrush. More specifically, you and your family might be using the wrong type of bristles.

Picking the Right Toothbrush

Making the situation even more confusing is the enormous variety of toothbrushes available. You might wonder how you could possibly choose the right bristles given the number of choices.  For most people, soft bristles are the best choice. This can be particularly important if you have braces or other cosmetic dentistry work because harder bristles can scratch or otherwise damage it. Soft bristles are also gentler on gums, so for someone who has receding gums or a tendency toward gum disease, soft bristles may be best. Some people may even need extra-soft bristles.

People who are concerned that soft or extra-soft bristles do not get teeth as clean or remove food as effectively as hard-bristled toothbrushes need not worry. Soft bristles are just as good at keeping teeth clean.  This raises the question of why medium and hard-bristled are available at all if they are not recommended. These types of brushes may have limited uses. People with dentures may prefer them, or they may help some in cleaning hard-to-reach places if used gently.

Learn More about Orthodontia at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics is located in Larkspur, Calif., in Marin County. There are three experts at our facility who can determine if you need to wear aligners or braces. Schedule an appointment with an orthodontist:

• Dr. Jeff Nichelini
• Dr. Bill Schmohl
• Dr. Jasmine Gorton

To make your orthodontic treatment more personalized or faster, you can choose to use the Acceledent or WowSmiles systems along with these devices:

• WildSmiles
• Damon Clear
• Invisalign
• Retainers

Visit Gorton and Schmol Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how the Invisalign system can help you.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics
900 Larkspur Landing Circle,Suite 200 Larkspur CA 94939 Tel: (415)-459-8006

Tooth brushing Mistake No.2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles“