Do you aimlessly pick your toothbrush and toothpaste from the departmental store? Do you check for the ingredients in the toothpaste before deciding on the purchase? Well, choosing toothpaste and a toothbrush might have been simpler earlier. However with improvements in dental care and extended knowledge of dental health, this decision has become a journey of learning and personalization. At MIDAC, Calicut, dental care is more than just a practice. It is a passion, and the centre is a beacon of excellence in guiding individuals to perfect oral health.

What to look for in the right toothbrush:

  1. Bristles: The bristle of the toothbrush decides the effectiveness of your brushing. Soft and rounded bristles are often suggested as they are tender on the gums and suitable for removing plaque. However, some people may require medium bristles for a better clean. Dental care specialists at MIDAC advise against stiff bristles, which can damage gums and enamel.
  2. Toothbrush Head: The small toothbrush head will not be efficient in cleaning where, whereas a toothbrush with a head too large might miss hard-to-reach areas. The dental care specialists at MIDAC recommend compact heads for better correctness and comfort. A toothbrush with a compact head allows access to all surfaces of your teeth.
  3. Regular or Electric Toothbrushes: The choice between regular or electric toothbrushes is an individual preference. An electric toothbrush can offer more methodical cleaning with less effort, benefiting those with mobility issues or braces; however, regular toothbrushes can be just as effective when used correctly.

How do you choose the right toothpaste for you?

Toothpaste containing fluoride is important for preventing tooth decay and strengthening tooth enamel. Fluoride helps fortify the enamel, making the teeth more resistant to bacterial acid attack. Some toothpaste are formulated to target gum diseases. Ingredients like triclosan or stannous fluoride can help reduce plaque (a sticky film of bacteria that can lead to gum diseases).

Toothpaste containing potassium nitrite or strontium chloride helps block the pathway to the teeth attached to the nerves by reducing pain when consuming hot or cold food or drinks. For individuals concerned with bad breath (Halitosis) some toothpastes offer ingredients that counterbalance odor-causing bacteria. Toothpaste with whitening agents help get rid of surface stains on the teeth; however, if it is too harsh, it could erode the enamel over time.

Note that it is advised to check for any ingredients in toothpaste that can cause allergy. Also, the increase in natural and organic toothpaste options has helped people look for chemical-free alternatives; however, choosing one that meets your dental needs is essential.

Toothpaste and Toothbrush According To Age Groups:

  • Children: Soft and rounded bristles are recommended for children as their teeth and gums are delicate. Brushes with small and more significant heads help with a comfortable grip and make brushing fun and effective. Toothpaste with less fluoride is best for children. Such toothpastes are available in fun flavors and colorful packaging
  • Teenagers: Teenagers might be navigating the challenge of their age, may have braces and may yearn for a perfect smile. Consider electric brushes with orthodontic-friendly bristles for them. These brushes can easily find their way around braces and ensure that every corner of the teenager’s mouth is clean and healthy. Fluoride stands tall as the truthful escort in protection against gum diseases
  • Adults: For adults, it is recommended to use brushes with cross-bristles which can help in plaque removal. Tartar control, sensitivity relief, and anti-plaque toothpaste can offer comprehensive care for adults. For a brighter smile, whitening toothpastes are recommended
  • Elders: Toothbrushes with soft bristles accommodate for sensitivity. Toothbrushes with an ergonomic design makes it easier to handle. Electric toothbrushes are a good choice for people with arthritis as this can help reduce too many movements during brushing. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth and formulations that improve gum health are applicable for this group of individuals

Book your Consultation at MIDAC, Calicut for Better Dental Health:

Understanding your needs is the first step in good dental care, whether it is sensitivity, whitening, or better gum health. MIDAC’s dental care specialists at Calicut are proficient at identifying these requirements and guiding patients towards best practices in dental care. Visit us today.

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