Soft, Medium, or Buzz Lightyear?

Affordable Dentistry in La Mesa At Jeff Gray DDS, cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeff Gray is often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush in San Diego can be as difficult as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of your local San Diego grocery store or Walmart lately, you know what I am talking about. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up. (If I had to rate them purely on their fun factor, I would choose the Spiderman brush.)

Some toothbrush manufacturers claim their brushes freshen your breath or remove stains from your teeth. How do you choose?

One key factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. However, this does not hold true for your teeth. Medium and firm brushes can damage your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to clean plague, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

After having cosmetic dental care or oral surgery in San Diego, especially anything involving soft tissue grafts, make sure you use an extra-soft brush and be careful!

When buying a toothbrush for a child in San Diego, make sure the brush feels comfortable in their hand. If the size and angle feels awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized tooth brush. Some San Diego kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child size brush. If you are unsure, ask your dentist Dr. Jeff Gray DDS.

What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some San Diego folks like the feeling of vibrating bristles or a mini-squirt gun blasting away at the plaque. San Diego people with arthritis or other movement-inhibiting conditions can benefit from powered brushes which take some strain off hands and arm muscles.

Is your toothbrush doing the job? Schedule an exam with your San Diego dentist at Jeff Gray DDS.

At Jeff Gray DDS, our friendly and professional dental hygienists instruct our San Diego patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you haven’t experienced a dental deep cleaning at Jeff Gray DDS, you don’t know how clean your teeth and gums can feel. We also provide fresh breath treatment for patients who suffer from halitosis.

Schedule a thorough dental cleaning today by calling Jeff Gray DDS at 619-337-7700. An outstanding feature of Jeff Gray DDS is total team work to serve you in a state-of-the-art facility. We offer sedation dentistry and a full spectrum of restorative dental procedures.