Your dental health is a big part of your overall health, and one of the most important tools you can use to maintain your dental health is your toothbrush. But there are a lot of toothbrushes out there, so how do you know which one to choose? We’ve put together this handy guide to help you select the right toothbrush. Let’s take a look at what you need to know.
You might think that choosing a toothbrush with hard bristles would clean your teeth better. Most dentists, however, recommend that you opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles. Hard bristles can actually damage your teeth and gums. Additionally, many people already brush too hard, and if they also use a brush with hard bristles, it can cause abrasions and even a loss of enamel as well as gum irritation. Aside from the stiffness of your toothbrush bristles, you also need to consider the tips of the bristles. Ideally, they should be rounded to gently remove debris from your teeth while preventing any damage.
Toothbrush Shape and Size
You may be wondering if a long, rectangular toothbrush head is best or if a small, round head is better. As far as the shape of the head goes, it’s really a matter of what fits in your mouth most comfortably. This is also true regarding the handle of your toothbrush. Choose what you feel comfortable holding and maneuvering. Generally speaking, a smaller toothbrush head is often more effective at cleaning your teeth, especially for children and adults who have smaller mouths. It’s not that the size is making them more effective, but the smaller size allows you to reach the back of your mouth and all of your teeth more easily.
Electric versus Manual Toothbrushes
Another consideration these days is whether to choose an electric toothbrush or a manual one. Both are effective at cleaning your teeth when used properly. Electric toothbrushes have become more popular in recent years, and there is research that demonstrates they are more effective at removing plaque. But if you don’t want to use an electric toothbrush, your manual brush will still be effective
How to Use Your Toothbrush
Sometimes how you use a tool is as important as the type of tool you use. When brushing your teeth, it’s important to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the surface of your teeth. Brush in a circular motion on each tooth’s surface. Ideally, you should brush for a minimum of two minutes, twice a day. It’s even better if you can brush after every meal.
You need to have the right tools to do any job effectively, and when it comes to your toothbrush, a soft-bristle brush that is small enough to comfortably reach all of your teeth is just right. If you have any questions about oral health care, the professional staff at Dr. Barry Buchanan’s office are happy to answer them. Just give us a calltoday! Image: Freepik