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Philadelphia Emergency Dentist Reminds You: Use the Right Toothbrush

By Gerald Regni, DMD on August 07, 2014

Gum disease is a serious health problem that needs to be dealt with at once. It tends to start off slowly, so many wouldn't notice they have the condition until it's too late. Gum disease usually arises from not paying proper attention to personal oral care. If left unchecked, pretty soon you’ll have to visit the office of a Philadelphia emergency dentist.

About Your Toothbrush

Choosing the best toothbrush for the prevention of gum disease can spell the difference between having the problem for a long time and addressing the problem immediately. Doing the latter is much easier than you think. Since every person has different oral needs, it's all just a matter of knowing what your particular needs are and what works best for you.

An article from the April 2014 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine details what you should consider when choosing the perfect toothbrush to prevent gum disease and other types of oral conditions.


Should you opt for an electric brush with a round, rotating head or a traditional rectangular manual brush? Many dentists believe they're both effective if you're using the right technique, but a review by the healthcare nonprofit the Cochrane Collaboration found that over a three-month period, round, rotating heads (which resemble the type used during professional cleanings) removed 11 percent more plaque than manual brushes.



There's no one-size-fits-all toothbrush, but keep in mind that big brushes can miss plaque buildup in tight spots between teeth and hard-to-reach areas in the back.



Always opt for soft or extra soft. A 2011 study in the Journal of Periodontology found that people who brushed with stiffer bristles experienced an 11 percent increase in gum bleeding after eight weeks.

The last part of the excerpt above is worth noting. Clearly, the article advises against the use of hard bristles. Especially if you have sensitive teeth and gums, hard toothbrushes can cause your gums to bleed easily, and dealing with gum disease aggravated by bleeding due to forceful brushing is not an ideal scenario. For this reason, it’s best to follow the article’s advice and stick to soft or extra soft bristled brushes.

Having a great smile and reversing the effects of gum disease is all about making wise choices, and choosing the right toothbrush is one of the most important choices you will make. Fortunately, a trusted emergency dentist in Philadelphia will be able to help you choose what type of toothbrush is right for you.

(Source: 5 Things You Never Knew About Your Toothbrush, O, The Oprah Magazine, April 2014)

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