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As you may already know, oral hygiene is extremely important. However, the only way it is helpful is if you use the proper tools that will safely and effectively clean your smile. If you search the oral hygiene aisle at the store, you’ll notice that there are many products that have different characteristics. Some of those characteristics are good while others are bad. So, to help you pick the best toothbrush for your oral health, our Orthodontic Solutions team recommends choosing a brush that has the following:

· Soft bristles: Many believe soft bristles are too gentle when it comes to cleaning the smile, but that is simply not true. Soft bristles effectively clean your teeth and care for your gums. Hard bristles irritate your gums and make them pull away from the base of your teeth, which could potentially cause tooth sensitivity.

· A comfortable toothbrush head: It’s best to have a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth. The best head size to have is about 1 inch long and ½ inch wide, or one that covers two teeth at a time.

· A motivating design or model: If you brush better with an electric toothbrush, use an electric toothbrush. If you brush better with a manual toothbrush that has superheroes on it, use a manual superhero toothbrush. The more motivated you are to brush, the better your oral health will be.

Dr. Gary Lee Breece and our dental team care for you and your smile, which is why we recommend using the best toothbrush possible. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about oral hygiene, call 580-233-2557 today!