Everyone uses their toothbrush at least twice per day – it’s an important part of keeping our mouths healthy. But how do you know what type is the most effective for your needs? These tips will help you choose which toothbrushes are right for you and your family members:
Soft bristles are your best bet: It makes sense that many of us assume that stiff bristles and aggressive brushing are best for cleaning the plaque from our teeth. In fact, the opposite is true. Soft bristles and gentle brushing are most effective for removing plaque without harming tooth surfaces. When purchasing a new toothbrush, be sure to find one with soft bristles to better protect your tooth enamel.
Cheaper isn’t always better: Saving money is important, but the old saying “you get what you pay for” is true when it comes to toothbrushes. Buying a no-name brand could mean they are made of unsafe materials and aren’t suitable for cleaning your mouth. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so look for sales on well-known toothbrush brands to save money and get the quality you need.
Don’t be afraid of power: Electric toothbrushes can be a smart idea, especially for those who don’t brush as long or thoroughly as they should. They are also good for those with arthritis, injuries, or limited manual dexterity. For children who are less than excited about their daily oral health routine, a powered toothbrush may make tooth-brushing time more fun for them.
Choose what you’ll actually use: More than anything, the toothbrush you’re comfortable using will be the most effective. A shape that fits well with your mouth and allows you to reach your back teeth (a small-headed toothbrush is often best to reach every tooth), and a handle that fits comfortably in your hand are key elements to the proper toothbrush. If it feels right to you, you’re more likely to use it properly.
Don’t forget, once you choose the right toothbrush, it is important to replace it every three months for optimal cleaning. As you can imagine, toothbrushes are exposed to bacteria from our mouths, and the bristles also wear down with use. Replacing them regularly will ensure that your mouth is at its cleanest. Read our post about keeping your oral hygiene tools clean, and be sure to visit us at Southeast Dental for regular cleaning and check-ups!