Is Your Toothbrush Causing Decay on Your Teeth?

Are you using the wrong toothbrush? Taking care of your teeth is essential to keeping your natural teeth healthy and avoid a root canal. Using the wrong kind of toothbrush could result in the wearing down of your enamel, exposing your teeth to decay.

At James A. Penney, III, DDS, PA, Endodontics we specialize in root canal treatments and any other treatment involving the root of your tooth. Using the wrong toothbrush could cause your gums to detach, exposing the vulnerable roots of your teeth. Sometimes, the solution to better dental health is to simply choose the right toothbrush for you.

Here are a few tips on choosing a toothbrush—and why it is important.

1. Soft bristles are best.

Running out the door in a hurry? You may not realize how hard you are brushing your teeth. A soft-bristled toothbrush will help protect your teeth from your hurried dental routine. Most patients find that a soft-bristled toothbrush is also more comfortable.

Replace your toothbrush every three months, or when it starts to show signs of wear.

2. Check for an ADA Seal of Approval.

Anyone remember in the first Home Alone movie when little Kevin went grocery shopping on his own and double-checked if the toothbrush he was about to purchase was approved by the American Dental Association? A cinematic win for those in the dental profession.

In real life, a toothbrush will have the ADA Seal of Approval on the packaging. No need to ask Herb—who had no idea.

3. Choose a toothbrush that is comfortable.

Do you prefer manual or electric toothbrushes? Are you more comfortable with a curved handle or a straight handle? These are all decisions you should take into consideration when choosing a toothbrush.

If you enjoy brushing your teeth, you are more likely to brush thoroughly.

4. Make sure the head of the toothbrush can reach your back teeth.

If you are brushing with a toothbrush that can’t reach your back teeth, you are brushing with the wrong toothbrush. Look for toothbrushes with small heads.