In recent years, mechanical toothbrushes have exploded onto the market. What were once cost-prohibitive are now easily affordable, and many people are making the switch. However, availability does not necessarily mean more effective.

The truth is, mechanical or manual, the type of toothbrush you use is not nearly as important as using it. During your general dentistry appointments with Burke dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban, the best toothbrush for your needs can be determined.

What to Look for in a Toothbrush and How to Effectively Use it

When you are selecting a toothbrush, look for one that has soft bristles. Medium bristles can remove enamel from your teeth. They can also damage dental reservations such as crowns, fillings, and porcelain veneers.

Your soft bristled toothbrush needn’t have any bells and whistles, but it should fit comfortably into your mouth and be able to reach every tooth. Some people benefit from a larger toothbrush head, but others may find large heads cannot reach back teeth. Burke general dentist Dr. Marzban will help you determine what is best during your biannual visits.

No matter what type of toothbrush you select, you should use it after every meal and snack. Brush in alternating directions for at least two minutes to ensure each tooth is properly cleaned. At least once a day, floss in between every tooth as well. This routine should be enough to help prevent tooth decay and bad breath regardless of the type of toothbrush you use.

If you live in or around Burke, Virginia and would like to learn more about taking proper care of your teeth, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban today to schedule an appointment.