How to Choose The Right Toothbrush
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important it is to brush your teeth, about brushing twice a day for two minutes each, about the right technique, and everything. But do you know if you have the right toothbrush and if your toothbrush is the right one for you? Here are some things to look out for when choosing a new toothbrush.
Look for Bristle Softness
Soft bristles are gentler on your gums, and they’re more effective at removing plaque than medium or hard bristles. They also help prevent gum recession by stimulating blood flow to the area around your teeth.
This is great news for everyone who has sensitive teeth—soft-bristled brushes can be especially helpful if you have sensitive gums as well.
Choose a toothbrush with a small head to reach the back teeth.
The best way to choose a toothbrush is to look for one that has a small head. A small head is easier to maneuver than larger brushes, which can be more awkward if you have braces or other dental work. When choosing your new toothbrush, look for those with rounded ends so they won’t hurt when you’re inserting them between your gums and cheekbones (this is especially important if someone else may be brushing their teeth next).
Select one that’s easier for you to hold and grip
The first thing to consider when choosing a toothbrush is its size and shape. A good toothbrush will be small, with soft bristles that are easy to hold. It should also have an ergonomic handle that makes it comfortable to hold in your hand for longer periods of time—and if you have arthritis or other conditions affecting your hands and wrists, this can be especially important!
Explore Electric or Oscillating brushes.
Electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque and other debris from your teeth than manual brushes. They also have bristles that are more effective at cleaning between teeth and around braces, which means they’ll be able to get down into areas where manual brushes aren’t able to reach—and this is important because it’s those deep pockets of plaque that can cause problems for gums if left unchecked (and eventually lead them straight into our mouths). Also, they are less likely to cause any harm when used correctly!
Oscillating brushes are great for removing plaque, bacteria, and food particles from between your teeth. These brushes work by oscillating back and forth in a circular motion at high speed. This action helps to remove plaque more effectively than other types of toothbrushes because it drives it away from the bristles and into the bristles’ soft bristles.
Oscillating brushes also tend to be gentler on sensitive gums than standard manual or electric models because they don’t vibrate as quickly or forcefully against your gums when you use them (which can cause irritation).
Apart from selecting the right bristle style, head size, and comfortable grip handles, it’s also important to use a toothpaste that works for you and your needs. Additionally, you can ask our dentists for help during your dental checkup.
Use toothpaste that helps prevent dental problems.
Along with the right brush, it’s also important to use a toothpaste that is designed for your needs. Look for fluoride in your toothpaste. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent cavities by strengthening teeth, so it’s important to use fluoride toothpaste. You might also want to look for options that are made for sensitive teeth or teeth whitening.
A tongue scraper can help remove bacteria from the tongue, which leads to bad breath.
A tongue scraper is a great way to remove bacteria from your tongue, which can lead to bad breath. Tongue scrapers are inexpensive and easy to use, so you should definitely give them a try if you’re looking for a way to keep your breath fresh.
Also most importantly look for the first signs of damage in your toothpaste and replace it regularly.
Replace your toothbrush regularly.
It’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles begin to splay. Bristles become worn and rough, which can irritate your gums and spread bacteria. They may not be as effective at cleaning when they’re bruised or chipped from regular use, so be sure you’re replacing yours often. Also, if your toothbrush falls down, gets contaminated, or if you have had a severe flu, it’s a good idea to replace it.
If your wear braces, choose an orthodontic brush
An orthodontic brush, also known as an interdental brush, is a small, narrow brush designed to clean between teeth, especially around orthodontic braces, wires, and brackets. They are designed for better cleaning of your teeth. Schedule an appointment or know more here about getting braces and how to care for your teeth when you are wearing them.
Here’s a checklist that might help
Now that you know what to consider when choosing your toothbrush, here is a checklist that might be helpful the next time you are looking to buy a toothbrush for yourself.
- Choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles.
- Make sure that the toothbrush’s head size fits comfortably in your mouth.
- Choose a toothbrush with a comfortable grip that feels secure in your hand.
- Look for a toothbrush with bristles that are arranged in a way that will clean all surfaces of your teeth.
- Decide if you want an electric or manual toothbrush.
- Choose a high-quality product that’s safe and effective.
- Remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles start to fray, whichever comes first.