Choosing the correct toothbrush can go a long way for your dental health. With so many toothbrushes, it can be hard to choose the right one. It’s important to choose a toothbrush that is comfortable. In addition to choosing the right toothbrush for dental health, it’s also important to make sure you are brushing your teeth correctly and are brushing long enough. Regardless of toothbrush choice, you need to brush your teeth for at least two minutes and twice a day.
Soft Toothbrushes vs. Hard Toothbrushes
In most cases, a toothbrush with soft to medium bristles is preferred. Hard bristles can cause too much gum tissue to pull back from the teeth, and it will expose the root. When the root is exposed it leads to sensitivity to cold and heat, as well as certain drinks and food.
The toothbrush head should fit comfortably into your mouth and brush one or two teeth at a time. If the toothbrush head is too big, then it won’t be able to reach the back teeth, where a lot of bacteria can live. Try brushing in front of a mirror so you can see a visual and make sure that every tooth is covered. The common size for a brush head is about one inch long and a half-inch wide. The type of handle you choose can be a matter of personal preference. The shape of the head is also a matter of personal preference and can range from tapered to rectangular.
A manual standard toothbrush can still be effective at cleaning teeth, as long as the proper technique is used. When brushing, hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle so that the bristles can remove any plaque that is under the gum line and be sure to use small circles when brushing.
There isn’t enough scientific evidence to show that powered toothbrushes clean any better than manual toothbrushes. However, they can be a good choice for those who need some help with brushing teeth, including those with arthritis. Those who suffer from any conditions where there is limited mobility can benefit from a powered toothbrush. Powered toothbrushes can do a lot of the work for you and get into difficult to reach areas. They can make it easier to apply the right amount of pressure on your gums and teeth.
One of the main benefits of a powered toothbrush is using one with a timer. This makes it easier to know when you should switch from top to bottom or left to right, and when you can stop brushing your teeth. The recommended two minutes can last a lot longer than you think.
Selecting the Right Toothbrush for a Child
When picking a toothbrush for a child, the same characteristics still apply, but you may want to choose one with a small head since baby teeth are smaller. You can also choose one with a larger handle so it makes it easier for children to grip. Children may be harder on their bristles so they may need to be replaced more often. If kids are part of the toothbrush buying process, they are more likely to want to use it.
While it may be a good idea to buy no-name toothbrush brands from budget friendly stores, such as the dollar store, there could be risks associated with skimping out. The brushes could be from manufacturers that don’t care about efficacy or safety, and the brushes could be made from unsafe materials. Since you are putting this in your mouth twice a day, it’s worth it to spend the extra money and buy a brush from a reputable manufacturer. You can use the cheap toothbrushes for cleaning instead of dental health.
How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?
Replace your toothbrush, or if you are using a powered toothbrush, the toothbrush head, when the bristles start to look frayed or worn. This is about every three months. Worn toothbrushes don’t do a clean your teeth as well. Also, use a new toothbrush after you are sick. If you are having trouble deciding on the right toothbrush to use, consult with your dentist.