Using the Right Toothbrush
A great oral hygiene routine involves brushing your teeth twice and flossing daily. A toothbrush is an essential tool for removing food debris, preventing bacterial build-up and development of plaque. Different brands offer a broad range of toothbrushes with varying degrees of hardness and size. Though it might seem like a daunting task, choosing the right type of toothbrush is necessary for maintaining good dental health. Finding the right toothbrush that fits your personal needs will make a huge difference in keeping your teeth clean and healthy. But with so many different sizes, shapes, styles and bristle choices, how do you know if you are using the right toothbrush for your mouth? We at Charlotte Dentistry® are here to help you find out!
Hard vs. Soft Bristles
The use of a toothbrush with hard bristles may lead to the damage of the teeth and cause your gum line to recede. In fact, scientific research has shown that brushing teeth with hard bristles, especially when combined with aggressive brushing techniques is a leading cause of sensitive teeth. Soft-bristled toothbrushes, on the other hand, are comfortable and safe for both gums and teeth often working to give the best results after a brushing exercise. If you feel that a soft-bristled brush is too gentle for your teeth and may fail to clean properly, then a medium-bristled toothbrush is recommended.
Toothbrush Head Size
The next most important thing when choosing a toothbrush is the size of the head. It’s important to understand that when it comes to toothbrushes, it’s never one size fits all kind of situation. People with a bigger mouth will require a larger brush while those with smaller mouths should use smaller toothbrushes. This is to allow the brush to reach and clean all contours of the teeth without missing any spots. A small and compact toothbrush works for most people generally, as it’s able to reach the hard-to-access places like the sides of molars and back of the teeth.
Electric or Manual Toothbrush
Both an electric and manual toothbrush can clean the teeth effectively if used with the right brushing techniques. However, for some people, especially those with limited dexterity or those not used to using manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes are more suitable. Children with braces may have difficulties brushing in a circular motion due to the obstruction caused by their orthodontic brackets making an electric-powered toothbrush more ideal for them.
As for the handle, it should be long enough to hold comfortably and help you to change directions and brush from all sides easily. Never be carried away by toothbrushes with colorful or glittery handles but find a toothbrush that provides better grip and greater control. The perfect handle grip should aid in holding the brush at the correct angle.
Your toothbrush loses its effectiveness and even becomes a breeding ground for bacteria hence should frequently be replaced. Replace your toothbrush every three months or earlier if the bristles are frayed. If you have recently suffered from a cold or infection, use a new toothbrush to avoid re-infection. Remember to always look for a high-quality toothbrush that has the American Dental Association seal of approval. Having followed all the tips on choosing the right toothbrush, it’s important to periodically visit your dentist at Charlotte Dentistry® for professional cleanings and checkups.