When it comes to brushing your teeth, frequency and proper technique are the most important things, but the toothbrush you choose can make a big difference to your overall oral health as well. Many people just buy whatever is on sale at the drugstore and don’t give a second thought to which toothbrush they pick, but you should make sure that you’re choosing the right brush for you. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind.
Opt for Soft
Soft, rounded bristles are best. Soft bristles allow for enough pressure to brush away plaque without wearing down enamel or gums.
Get the Size Right
Pick a size that feels comfortable in your mouth. It should be easy to reach your back molars with your toothbrush. If that isn’t easy, your toothbrush head is probably too big. If you have trouble reaching your back teeth with your toothbrush, a youth-sized toothbrush may be better suited to your mouth. The handle should fit comfortably in your hand and be easy to grip.
If you have kids, get them toothbrushes specifically made for children. They have small heads made to be comfortable for kids’ mouths and easy-to-grip handles that fit well in little hands.
Are Powered Toothbrushes Better?
Although manual toothbrushes work well, powered toothbrushes always clean more effectively. They make it much easier to thoroughly clean every tooth, and are especially highly recommended if you have arthritis, injury, or other mobility issues that make manual brushing difficult.
We always recommend that our patients use powered toothbrushes and can suggest specific models for you.
Replace your toothbrush (or head attachment if you use a powered toothbrush) every three months or so, or as soon as the bristles begin to look frayed. You should also always replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold or flu so that you don’t risk reinfection from your own germs left on the toothbrush.
Oral health is extremely important for your overall health. Gum disease is linked to the development of serious health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, so take care of your mouth! Choose a good toothbrush, brush thoroughly at least twice a day, and go in for regular dental checkups.