The cornerstone of excellent dental health is consistent, thorough brushing on a daily basis. A thorough brushing is influenced by many things–the type of toothpaste you use, a proper flossing technique, brushing your tongue, and whether you use mouthwash or not. Out of all the factors, however, your toothbrush selection is arguably the most important. This tool is responsible for scrubbing the majority of bacteria and plaque off your teeth, so it is important to ensure you are using the best type for you.
How can you know which type to select? Your local supermarket’s dental aisle is likely decked out with dozens of options. Everybody is different, so follow these tips to make an informed decision on which toothbrush is right for you.
Electric or Manual Toothbrush?
In recent years, electrically powered toothbrushes have become more popular among consumers. These types of toothbrushes may help clean your teeth better, as well as provide a number of conveniences to the brusher, including brushing modes, timers, and digital reminders to replace the head of the brush. However, electrical toothbrushes are typically heavy in price. If you’re not ready to invest just yet, do not worry: manual toothbrushes are still a viable option. In the end, your brushing routine and habits are more important. Choose an electrical toothbrush if you have money to spare and are up to par on your daily brushing. Otherwise, it is safe to stay with manual brushing.
Regardless whether you choose electric or manual, the size of the brush is vital. Those with larger or smaller mouths might prefer appropriately proportioned brush heads. When trying to determine which size is right for you, remember two important things. First, the brush must be long enough to be comfortably held in your hand for the full recommended two-minute brush time. Secondly, and most importantly, the brush should be able to reach and properly scrub each and every tooth in your mouth.
The bristles of the brush will be an aspect you will notice every time you put the brush in your mouth. Therefore, it is important your brush is equipped with the best bristles for your teeth and gums. Bristles typically fall into one of four categories: extra soft, soft, medium, and hard. Extra soft bristles are recommended to those with sensitive gums. A majority of people prefer soft bristles, but some favor the firmness of medium bristles. There is a common misconception that hard bristles will scrub your teeth harder than the other types of bristles, but the opposite is true: depending on the strength of your teeth, hard bristles can damage your gums and teeth enamel.
Remember, comfort comes first when selecting a toothbrush. After all, you are far less likely to use it regularly if the process is discomforting.
Still unsure about which brush is right for you? For recommendations, and other tips on improving your dental health, contact Greenspoint Dental’s Houston office today.