“Soft, Medium, or Buzz Lightyear?”

Choosing Toothbrushes With Your Daly City Dentist At Kenneth Hovden DDS, Dr. Hovden is often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush in Daly City 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 Mateo grocery store or San Francisco 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.

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 dental work or oral surgery done in San Francisco, especially anything involving soft tissue grafts, make sure you use an extra-soft brush and be careful!

When buying a toothbrush for your child, make sure the brush feels comfortable in their hand. If the size and angle feel 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 toothbrush. Some San Francisco kids can manage an adult-size brush better than a short, narrow child-size brush. If you are unsure, ask your Daly City dentist at Kenneth Hovden DDS.

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

Is your toothbrush doing the job? Schedule an exam with your Daly City dentist at Kenneth Hovden DDS.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS, our professional dental hygienists instruct our Daly City pediatric clients and San Francisco adult patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you haven’t experienced a dental deep cleaning at Kenneth Hovden DDS, you don’t know how clean your teeth and gums can feel.

Schedule a thorough dental cleaning today by calling Kenneth Hovden DDS at 650-755-6000. An outstanding feature of Kenneth Hovden DDS is commitment to excellence. We offer cosmetic dentistry and a full spectrum of restorative dental procedures.