With so many choices in toothbrushes, it’s easy to feel confused. Maybe you choose a certain type of toothbrush because you like how it looks, how much it costs or simply because it’s what you’ve always chosen, but these strategies won’t necessarily get you the best toothbrush for your oral needs. These useful tips can help you navigate through the toothbrush aisle until you find the right toothbrush for a healthy mouth.
Soft bristles, not hard
Using a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles is preferable to hard bristles, especially if you tend to brush too hard. If you do scrub hard, even with a soft bristle brush, you need to brush more gently as brushing too hard can wear down enamel, damage gums and cause tooth sensitivity.
Correct toothbrush head
Not all toothbrush head shapes are the same, and you need to find the right shape to fit your mouth and oral structure. The toothbrush bristles need to reach the molars in the very back of your mouth. If the toothbrush head is too wide or large, you can’t properly clean in the harder to reach areas. Brush and floss in front of a mirror to ensure you clean every tooth and if you see that your toothbrush can’t reach all areas, find one that can.
Invest in a quality toothbrush
Toothbrushes from the dollar store may seem like a good deal, but they don’t necessarily meet safety standards and could be made from unsafe and inferior materials. You use your toothbrush at least twice a day, so it’s best to use a reputable manufacturer and avoid exposing it to dangerous materials. Cheap toothbrushes are better for cleaning household objects than your teeth and gums.
Right size toothbrush for children
Smaller mouths require toothbrushes with smaller heads, so make sure any children in the home have the proper tool for cleaning their teeth. Kids’ toothbrushes encourage brushing with colorful designs and familiar, favorite characters as well as being the right size. Both children’s and adult toothbrushes or toothbrush heads require replacement every three months for proper hygiene.
Try a powered toothbrush
If you’ve used a manual toothbrush for your entire life but it’s becoming difficult due to an injury or arthritis, or you’re just not brushing as thoroughly as you should then now it may be time to consider using a powered toothbrush. Manual and powered toothbrushes both clean teeth and gums well and a powered toothbrush can be easier and more comfortable to use and even encourage children to brush more often.
The best toothbrush option for you is the one that you feel comfortable using every day, twice a day and that thoroughly cleans your teeth and gums. If you have any concerns or questions about brushing and flossing, never hesitate to discuss them with our dental experts at Chianese Dental.