A graphic illustration of several dental tools.

The Best Dental Tools, Designed for You

Last week, we discussed the proper techniques for brushing your teeth and removing oral biofilm. This is an essential part of oral hygiene and the prevention of oral diseases such as cavities (tooth decay) and gum disease (gingivitis and periodontal disease). The technique is important but the dental tools that we use also play a big part in this task.

What Dental Tools Can We Use to Clean Our Teeth?

Here are some examples to name few:

  • Manual toothbrush
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Interproximal cleaning aids
    • Toothpicks
    • Interproximal or interdental brushes
    • Dental floss (waxed, non-waxed, silk)
  • Gum stimulators (GUM® Stimulator, Perio-Aid)

Let’s Start With Manual Tooth Brushes

There are many types and sizes of manual toothbrushes on the market. A smaller brushing head with an ergonomic comfortable handle is usually the best. You’ll want a toothbrush with bristles that are softer rather than harder. This type of toothbrush selection should be done with the guidance of a dental professional. They understand the individual needs of the patient and can make the best recommendation.

It is important to change your toothbrush every 2-3 months. This depends on its frequency of the use, your technique, and hand pressure using the toothbrush. Each toothbrush has various amounts of bristles. The individual bristles have a specific round shape to assure no harm to enamel and the rest of tooth structure.

Once the brush bristles become worn, they change its shape from round to square. This shape can be harmful to thinned enamel at the cervical enamel junction. Most toothbrushes on the market have a color indicator for when it should be changed. It is safe to change your toothbrush once the ends of the bristles are a different color.

Can a Manual Toothbrush Hurt My Teeth?

Yes, the technique is very important. The challenge is to develop a careful and gentle but effective technique of bacterial biofilm removal.

Are There Any Risks to Brushing Your Teeth?

Yes, tooth abrasion and gum recession. This can be due to manual gum injuries, which are caused by hard or fast brushing.

Check our articles for more tips how to preserve your teeth at home with proper management and tools.


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