About Ergonomic Toothbrush Handles

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Using the right toothbrush can help improve oral health.
While the modern toothbrush may have been introduced in 1938,  how you actually go about brushing hasn’t changed much since that time. But the toothbrush itself has evolved quite a bit. Now, you can buy ergonomic toothbrushes in many different styles.

Ergonomics is the science behind making products more efficient.  So when you have so much design variety, it’s because  manufacturers want to improve the way people clean their teeth.  Ergonomic toothbrushes usually have specially designed handles that are lighter than regular toothbrush handles and have special grips to help people hold their brushes better. The toothbrush heads are usually shaped in such a way as to make difficult-to-clean areas easier to brush.

Despite these innovations, the truth is that using an ergonomic toothbrush does not guarantee good oral health.  If you’re an adult, you likely won’t see many benefits as compared to ordinary toothbrushes. Children who’ve not yet developed the manual dexterity needed to brush properly and adults who have physical limitations would benefit the most.

The thing that keeps teeth clean and healthy is regular brushing and flossing. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after each meal three times a day. This will keep plaque levels down and avoid cavity formation. You should also floss once a day. If you can’t get to your toothbrush, then chew some sugar-free gum or rinse with a mouthwash as a temporary measure.

Whatever kind of tooth brush you use, the one thing to remember is that you need to replace it about every three to four months. If the bristles become worn more quickly, then you’ll need to replace your brush sooner. Use a brush with soft bristles rather than medium or hard ones to avoid wearing away enamel and causing tooth and gum sensitivity.

Olympia Hills Family Dental can help keep you maintain your smile. Our fully-licensed dentists can recommend the toothbrushes that are right for you and show you cleaning techniques that will help to make your teeth shine with good health.  When you’re looking for the best dental care in the Universal City area, contact us for an appointment.

Call Olympia Hills Family Dental at (210)658-3131 for the best care for your family’s dental health!