Choosing a Toothbrush – how do I know which one is right for me?

 

toothbrushes (1)There are a lot of toothbrushes out there these days and sometimes it can seem overwhelming to pick the right one. Many of us choose a toothbrush that is reasonably priced and in our favourite colour, then move on to restocking our shampoo and deodorant.

However, spending a little more time and picking the right toothbrush is an important part of keeping your teeth healthy and clean. Did you know that the right toothbrush can actually clean better, which can help to reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay?

It’s also important to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or earlier if you notice that the bristles are starting to fray. So here are some things to help you next time you are choosing a new toothbrush:

Size and Shape

You should choose a size and shape that allows you to reach all the way to the back of your mouth to get at your back teeth. Children’s toothbrushes tend to be smaller and shorter for this reason – they have smaller months so they don’t have to reach as far.

Also make sure that the toothbrush handle fits comfortably in your hand and that the brush is not too big. The head of the brush needs to be able to get into the small spaces around your teeth and reach the front and back of each tooth. Smaller brushes are often made for children (who have smaller teeth) and large brushes are made for cleaning dentures.

Bristles

Choose a brush that has soft, rounded bristles. This is especially important for people that have sensitive teeth. When the bristles are too stiff or too rough, the tooth and gums can become irritated with brushing. Even worse, the rough bristles can cause damage to the surface of the tooth, especially when people brush too hard.

While many believe that they will get better results and remove more plaque by brushing their teeth harder, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, you only need a to use a light force to brush your teeth because the surface you are brushing is very small.

Electric vs. Manual

In general, you can choose either. Electric toothbrushes are more expensive, but they may help you avoid brushing too hard as the motor of the machine does most of the work. It’s important to have good technique for either electric or manual brushing and your dentist or dental hygienist can give you the best guidance with this.

We hope that this blog post gave you some help when it comes to choosing the right toothbrush. Make sure to ask your dentist or dental hygienist for assistance in choosing the best toothbrush for your individual needs.

We are always happy to answer any questions you have. Post on our Facebook page or come into visit us at Logan Creek Dental.

 

References:

Go Easy on Your Toothbrush; Less is More. Web MD. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/oralhealth/news/20030620/go-easy-toothbrush

Can you brush your teeth too hard? ABC Health and Wellbeing. Retrieved from: http://www.abc.net.au/health/talkinghealth/factbuster/stories/2014/11/18/4131191.htm

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