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Toothbrushes; which one is right for me and why?

Manufacturers are producing a greater variety of toothbrushes incorporating different designs for handles, heads and bristles.

Currently, dental professionals recommend the following:

  • for children, a small toothbrush head, approximately 20 mm X 10 mm;
  • for adults, a slightly larger toothbrush head, approximately 22-28 mm X 10-13 mm.

A general guide is that the size of the brush should be selected to suit mouth size, with smaller brushes being more suited to smaller mouths. Whether straight handles or angled handles are used is a matter of personal preference. People who experience some difficulty cleaning their back teeth are advised to use an angled brush. Fundamentally, the best brush is the one that enables the user to clean their teeth thoroughly without causing trauma.

The frequency with which you should replace your toothbrushes has yet to be correlated with oral health. The most helpful guide is to replace a toothbrush when the bristles begin to show signs of wear. Toothbrush handles can also be adapted to improve the grip by the user. Electrical or battery operated toothbrushes are often useful for people who have difficulty holding an ordinary toothbrush, such as persons with poor motor control or a physical disability.

In short;

  • Toothbrushes should be replaced when bristles show signs of wear.
  • Brushing is more effective with multi-tufted, small-headed toothbrushes with soft to medium nylon filaments and a comfortable handle.
  • Powered brushes with brush heads that rotate first in one direction and then the other (oscillate/rotate) are more effective at removing plaque than manual toothbrushes and can reduce gingivitis if used for over 3 months.

For more information on finding the correct brush for you; book an exam with one of our general dentists here

Dental Crowns Explained

A crown, sometimes known as a dental cap, is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. 

Dental crown

If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown to cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance.

A crown can also help to strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold said filling.

They can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or to restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discoloured or misshapen. Most commonly, crowns are used to cover dental implants.

If your dentist recommends a crown, it is probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist’s primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright.

If you think you may be in need of a crown, book an appointment with one of our general dentists here

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