Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Picking out a brush can be a daunting task with so many on the market. Here are four tips to help you make the right choice when picking out a toothbrush.

 

1.Manual vs. Powered?

This is a commonly asked question but both manual and electric toothbrushes can effectively and thoroughly clean your teeth. Children may find using an electric toothbrush to be fun, and some people may find it easier to use a powered toothbrush. Pick whichever you like and find comfortable to use at least twice daily.

2.Size and Shape

It’s important to choose a brush that fits comfortably in your mouth. A smaller toothbrush head can sometimes help reach hard to clean areas such as your back teeth, or tongue. In addition, a child or infant should use a toothbrush smaller than that of their parents. A toothbrush that is too large in size may irritate your child’s mouth, and cause them to not to want to brush their teeth regularly.

3. Bristles

When it comes to what variety of bristles to look for, most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Also, hard bristles may irrigate your gums and cause more damage than good.

4. When Should I Replace my Toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush whenever it starts to wear, or every 3 months, whichever comes first. A worn toothbrush can irritate gum tissue so it’s important to replace your toothbrush regularly. Bacteria can also build up on an old toothbrush so to keep your mouth fresh, keep an eye on your toothbrush for signs of wear and tear.

If you are still unsure which toothbrush is right for you or your family, feel free to ask our team. We can lead you in the right direction.