Monday, July 6, 2009

How to Choose a Toothbrush if you are Diabetic

The main thing to look for in your next toothbrush is soft bristles. Both adults and children should use a toothbrush that has soft bristles because harder bristles may cause gum tissue to pull back from teeth. This can expose the tooth root and lead to increased sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet foods and beverages. Even worse, receding gum tissue can eventually lead to tooth loss if not prevented or treated. Be sure to select a toothbrush head size that can easily fit into the mouth and is capable of brushing one to two teeth at a time. With this in mind, be sure to select a toothbrush with a very small head for a very young child or infant. If you are unsure of what features to look for or the best bristle head design for cleaning your teeth's unique contours and alignment, be sure to ask your dentist or hygienist for assistance. Toothbrushes should be replaced about every three months or earlier if the bristles begin to look worn or frayed -- bristles that fan out or spread is a sign that it is time to get a new toothbrush!

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