Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Everyone figures that choosing the right toothbrush is a simple matter and doesn’t require any thought. After all, brushing your teeth is something you do every day, or at least, it should be.
Brushing your teeth twice a day or after every meal is a good way to reduce some health hazards such as gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay. But did you know there are different types of toothbrushes, and some work better for some people than others? In this quick guide, we’ll go over the details of different toothbrush types and help you make a more informed choice.

Size Matters

When toothbrushes were first invented in the 1930’s, they were all the same type, with nylon bristles. Today, of course, there are more types on the market for different needs.
Most toothbrushes are about half an inch wide and around an inch tall, and this is adequate for most adults. Children, of course, will need smaller brushes, and there are times where some areas of your mouth will be difficult to reach, such as your very back teeth and the backs of those molars. In this case, you may want to opt for a slightly smaller toothbrush, and avoid brushes that come in larger sizes.  Your hygienist is your best resource for selecting the proper size and shape.

Manual or Electric?

Everyone’s heard of electric toothbrushes. Some people prefer the more thorough work they can do cleaning teeth, since they’re more effective at removing plaque than the manual variety.
Although electric toothbrushes come with a higher upfront cost, and the brush head needs replacing every so often, they are definitely a worthy investment.
Manual toothbrushes are a great option for vacations, or when you are sick. You should receive a new one from your dentist every six months upon request.

Look At the Bristles

The bristles can be the difference between how comfortable brushing your teeth becomes and therefore, how often you tend to do it. A toothbrush that’s comfortable and feels good on your gums will entice you to brush more often, so look at the bristles of any toothbrush you consider buying.  Look for a toothbrush that comes with soft bristles, which most people find to be comfortable and are safer for teeth and gums. Medium and hard bristles toothbrushes should not be used as they can cause damage.

At Last, Recommendations

If you aren’t sure which toothbrush would work the best for you, your dentist or hygienist can always help you choose the right one. Choosing an electric over a manual toothbrush is always a good idea. You can also look for a toothbrush that bears the ADA seal of approval, as these brushes have passed rigorous safety and efficacy tests to ensure they do their job well.

Reach Out Today

Here at Seven Lakes Dental, we’re committed to keeping you and your teeth healthy for a lifetime. Your comfort is important to us, and if you have any questions, please reach out to us today.