Choosing the right toothbrush
Walking through the dental aisle at the grocery or drugstore, there seems to be an overabundance of toothbrushes – various colors, shapes, handles, bristles and sizes. Let’s face it, it can be a bit unnerving. Let’s brush up on how to pick the one that will get the job done with these tips on how to choose a toothbrush, shall we!
Choose soft bristles
Always choose a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles and brush gently. Many think the stiffer the bristles, the better they will scrub, but the opposite is actually true. Medium- and hard-bristled brushes can actually damage your gums, root surface and tooth enamel.
There seems to be an overabundance of toothbrushes – various colors, shapes, handles, bristles and sizes.
Select the right toothbrush head
Depending on the size of your mouth, some toothbrush shapes will fit you better than others. The bristles should comfortably reach your back molars, without causing you to gag. If you have a narrow jaw, choose a brush with a tapered head.
Don’t buy discount, no-name toothbrushes
All toothbrushes are not created equal, and while grabbing a lot of them at a low price at the dollar store may seem like a great deal, these bargain toothbrushes might not be safe or effective. Bargain brushes might be constructed from inferior or unsafe materials, and ultimately won’t properly clean your teeth.
Get kid-sized toothbrushes for children
Obviously smaller-sized mouths need smaller toothbrushes. Not only do you risk pain or harm to your child’s mouth, but you are setting them up for poor brushing habits if the experience is uncomfortable.
Try powered toothbrushes
A manual toothbrush will absolutely effectively clean your teeth, but you may find a powered toothbrush more comfortable to use. And the extra “zing” might encourage you to brush longer. Kids who don’t like to brush might also find the extra power more fun. While there are models that require electrical power, the drugstore varieties are powered by batteries and very accessible.
Replace your toothbrush regularly
Replace your toothbrush every three months or when you visually see that it’s worn. You should also change your toothbrush immediately after being sick, since the bristles can collect germs that you could re-infect you again. Children’s toothbrushes should also be replaced every three months, possibly sooner, as they tend to leave toothpaste on their bristles, drop them on the floor and keep them less clean than adults.
Ultimately, the best toothbrush is the one you will use. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. If you’ve eaten an acidic food or drink, don’t brush your teeth immediately after, as acids weaken tooth enamel, and brushing too soon can remove enamel. If you know you’re going to eat or drink something acidic, brush your teeth beforehand.
In addition to brushing, the American Dental Association recommends flossing daily, drinking plenty of water and scheduling regular dental checkups.
Contact us to set up an appointment today.
Posted In: Oral & Dental Health Tips