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If you're brushing your teeth at least two times a day, you're off to a good start. However, if you aren't brushing with the right toothbrush, you might not be doing all you can to protect your oral health. Toothbrushes don't come in a variety of styles without reason. They are available with different options as each person has different needs. Here are just some of the indicators that you need to change your toothbrush.
You Can't Reach Your Wisdom Teeth
If you're having a difficult time reaching your wisdom teeth, you need to switch out your toothbrush. Toothbrushes come with two different head types: rectangular and tapered. As the name suggests, rectangular brush heads are square, whereas tapered heads have more of a curved design.
For some people, the square design doesn't allow them to reach the backside of their wisdom teeth, making a curve design a better option. Even though you may eventually have your wisdom teeth removed, poor brushing habits in this area can still increase your risk of gum disease, which can be a problem for your entire mouth.
Your Gums Are Bleeding
If your dentist has ruled out gingivitis and your gums are bleeding each time you brush your teeth, it may be your toothbrush that is causing the issue. This is especially the case if you are using a hard-bristled toothbrush. When most people think of deep cleaning, they think of scrubbing, prompting them to choose a hard-bristled brush as a better option.
However, if your gums are already sensitive, the harder bristled brush can cause irritation and bleeding. Remember, it's not the bristle that determines how clean your teeth get, but instead your technique. Make sure you're switching to a soft bristled brush.
Your Idea Of Two Minutes Varies
Dental professionals recommend that you brush your teeth for two minutes at least two times a day. If you're not that good at determining just how long two minutes is and you're using a manual toothbrush, upgrade to a powered toothbrush.
Most powered toothbrushes are designed to power off after two minutes to let you know you're done. This is an especially great option for young children as it takes the guesswork out of the process and ensures their teeth are cleaner.
If you're not sure if you're using the right type of toothbrush, ask your local dentist. Your dentist will be able to examine the shape of your mouth and the health of your teeth to help you choose the best option to meet your needs.