September 21st, 2011
Oral hygiene is important to us all in London and one of the most important elements to this is getting the right toothbrush. What we are trying to do by brushing is remove the bacteria and debris left by food and plaque. Many dentists advocate small heads with soft bristles as they are better for getting into the areas that are hard to reach and with a strong grip handle and a scraper for your tongue on the reverse of the head- these are essentially the basic rules of a toothbrush. However, not all of our mouths are the same so getting it right at first can be very hit or miss and if you have any doubts about what your requirements are, you could always ask your dentist first for advice and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction, as they know the shape of your mouth from the inside. It’s important that any brush you use feels comfortable in the mouth; what are very popular these days are electric toothbrushes- they not only do the hard work for you but probably do it better than you could brush. Again these come in various guises- some rotate, some alternate and in the case of a sonic toothbrush, they are specifically designed to break down tartar and plaque. What is fact is that they need to be changed at regular intervals- around every three months as they tend to become worn and hence, their ability to do the job can become hindered and inefficient. The heads also harbour bacteria, so they need to be cleaned each day too…happy brushing!
July 8th, 2011
To make sure that your dental health is the best that it can possibly be it is important to use the correct equipment. But this is not necessarily an easy thing to achieve, what with the huge variety of choices that is available. Any trip to a supermarket or pharmacy or even a browse on an online retailer reveals a massive array of different tooth brushes. Following a few simple pieces of advice can help you to make the right choice and keep your teeth nice and healthy for many years.
It is important that your tooth paste is comfortable to hold. You will be using it at least twice a day so it ought to fit neatly into your hand and be easy to manoeuvre around your mouth. The head should be small enough so that it can reach all the different parts of your teeth but not so small that it has few bristles on it.
Some people prefer to use an electric tooth brush because the vibrating motion is more effective at removing plaque but these represent a more expensive option. For those with sensitive gums it might be wise to choose a brush with softer bristles but bear in mind that you still want to be robustly removing plaque from your teeth so that it doesn’t harden into tartar or cause cavities to form. Brightly coloured tooth brushes can help encourage the very young to brush their teeth.
Whichever tooth brush you choose, remember that, over time, the bristles become worn away and frayed and have less effect. Make sure you are replacing your tooth brush when necessary. Your London dentist will be able to advise you about which tooth brush is the best option for you and your needs.
June 19th, 2011
With such a startling array of tooth brushes on offer in every super market and pharmacy it can be very confusing if you are trying to choose which one to buy. Many of them advertise different properties and qualities claiming to make them better and more effective than their commercial rivals. For a simple guide, explaining some of the basic things to bear in mind when buying a tooth brush, read on.
As you will be using your tooth brush at least twice every single day, it is important that you choose one that is comfortable to hold in your hand. The handle shouldn’t be too big or too small and have an adequate grip so that it won’t slip out of your grasp. The colour is not important unless you are buying for an infant and feel that a certain colour might give them an added incentive to brush their teeth.
The bristles ought to be firm and stout on a head that is not too larger; remember that you want the brush to reach into all corners of your mouth and an especially big head will be difficult to manoeuvre adequately. Many dentists advise their patients now to use electric tooth brushes because of the increased cleaning ability available from the vibrating head. Try and get one with a small head that acts in a rotating motion. You will still need to replace these heads as the bristles get worn down just like on a manual brush.
Don’t be shy about asking your London dentist for advice about brushes. With such a variety on the market it is worth getting some tips from the experts about this matter.
February 22nd, 2011
There are a lot of elements that go into the everyday routine of oral hygiene in the city of London; there are so many products on the market, getting the right ones for you can be a bit of a lottery and this goes for choosing the right toothbrush too. The first person to consult on the matter is your dentist, as they know your teeth as well as you do and they will be able to advise you on the right brush for you- from soft to hard. But a brush is not only about the bristles, they come with different grips, angled heads, and varying shapes of heads; choosing the right one for you can be a bit of trial and error at first. You should always avoid brushes that make your gums sore and cause bleeding, but try and persevere, because getting it right will pay off in the long run. Then you have the choice of an electric toothbrush; the designs have become so advanced, they are even developed to remove tartar. Some heads rotate, others alternate back and forth and again, it may take time to get the right one. But one golden rule does go across the whole field of toothbrushes- whatever one you choose, they harbor bacteria and should be cleaned regularly. They should also be changed after a while, as the heads can become worn and ineffectual.
March 1st, 2010
With so many different styles, shapes and gimmicks on the market it is difficult to know which toothbrush is the right one for you. It can be confusing making a choice but here are a few things to bear in mind.
Firstly, most dental health care professionals recommend a soft bristle brush, as it is best for removing plaque and food debris caught in teeth. It is also advised that brushes with small heads are better as they are more able to reach the difficult and heard to reach areas of the mouth. This is useful as these are the areas where tooth decay commonly occurs. Pick a brush with a handle or grip that is comfortable for you. Brushing your teeth is very important and needs to be done at least twice a day for three minutes so it’s always better if you are happy when doing it.
In the last few years there have been more and more affordable electric toothbrushes, which can do a lot of the work for you. Generally, the rule is that you get what you pay for so the more expensive it is the better it will work. Toothbrushes should be replaced whenever they begin to show wear or every three months, whichever is sooner, as a worn toothbrush is rarely if ever effective. Old toothbrushes can also collect germs which you are then effectively spreading around your mouth which can lead to infection.
The one sure-fire way to know if you are using the right toothbrush is to ask your dentist. They are the ones who have the best view of your teeth and know what is and isn’t required. At your next appointment with a London dentist, take your toothbrush and ask if it is suitable for your teeth and gums. The right toothbrush can have a very dramatic impact on your oral hygiene.