Shopping for a new toothbrush can be a daunting task, with the shop aisle usually stacked with a vast array of options of brushes in all different sizes, shapes and styles. With new brushes coming out regularly, how do we know what to recommend to our patients to buy for their oral hygiene? In this article, Dr Sam Koh discusses some of the key elements of what to look for when choosing a toothbrush.
Recent global events causing uncertainty of the future, and change from our normal ways of living prior to COVID-19, has led to an increase in patients presenting with worn, chipped or cracked teeth. Increased stress levels in life lead to increased or new incidences of grinding and clenching habits during the night or day which may not have previously existed, leading to significant shear forces being exerted on teeth and fracturing or wearing the enamel. Whilst the foundations of prevention in dental health have previously focussed more on the oral hygiene habits of regular brushing and flossing to maintain healthy gums and teeth, protecting the biting surfaces of the teeth from grinding and clenching is now an additional, critical, preventative focus. One great way to help protect your patient’s teeth in the long term is the use of an occlusal guard.