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Choosing the Right Tools for Your Home Care Routine

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Most of us don't think too much about our toothbrushes; however, choosing the right one can make a difference in your home care routine. Using the right toothbrush with proper brushing techniques ensures that you can effectively remove plaque and other bacteria from your teeth protecting against issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Here are some tips from your Baton Rouge, LA dentist on choosing the right toothbrush. 

Which Is the Right Manual Toothbrush?

The right toothbrush should fit comfortably in your mouth, and it should have soft bristles. Vigorous brushing can actually wear away gum tissue, which doesn't regenerate. Choosing soft bristles protects your gums and soft tissues from any injuries during brushing. Be sure to brush gently at a 45-degree angle and carefully massage around your gums.

Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

Manual toothbrushes have been helping us keep our teeth clean for years; however, since the dawn of electric toothbrushes, even more plaque is being removed. Electric toothbrushes do the hard work of brushing for you, removing plaque while protecting your gums. Most brushes have a timer to ensure that you get the full recommended two minutes of brushing completed and many have a sensor to alert you if you're brushing too hard. 

The downside to electric brushes is that if they require charging, they might not be as easy to travel with. They are also more expensive than manual toothbrushes, and you'll have to invest in replacement brush heads. However, with that said, hygienists typically report less plaque buildup in patients who use electric toothbrushes as opposed to manual.

If you have questions about your oral health or the best products on the market to manage it, Dr. Palm and his team at Palm Family Dentistry are here to help! Contact us today for more information.