Brushing your Teeth with the Right Toothbrush

What type of toothbrush should I be using? Should the toothbrush have soft, medium or hard bristles?

Brush Your Teeth 3D Dentistry Recommends Soft ToothbrushesIt is always better to use a soft toothbrush. Brushing your teeth using a medium or hard toothbrush may damage your teeth and gums. It can wear enamel from the tooth surface and change the level of your gum line creating recessions and sensitive teeth over the longterm. For patients who prefer to use medium or hard toothbrushes, we recommend switching to an electric toothbrush. The electric toothbrush usually comes with soft bristles, small brush-heads and removes up to 50% more plaque than a manual brush. If you are a heavy handed brusher, the electric toothbrush tends to slow down if you are pressing too hard which will prevent damage to the teeth. It also may come with a built-in timer to ensure adequate brushing time of at least 2 minutes.

Lioudmila (Mila) Antonova, RDH

Tips for Brushing your Baby’s Teeth

3D Dentistry Toronto | Kids at DentistThe dental health of children is important for their general health and well being. Keeping your child’s mouth healthy and baby teeth cavity free starts from birth. For infants, the mouth should be wiped down with a face cloth and water after each feeding. By the age of 8-12 months, you can give them a brush to bite on and play with to start preparing them for tooth brushing. As they become toddlers, you should encourage and help with the brushing of your child’s teeth with a fluoride-free toothpaste twice a day, once after breakfast and again after their last meal before bed. This will help prevent cavities from developing. For flossing, you can use floss holders with floss made for kids.

Your child’s first visit to our office for a check up should be at the age of 6 months, where we will review these guidelines with you in more detail.