If you’re on the search to find the best toothbrush, learn what to look for in this guide from Smile Drs.
Is It Already Time For A New Toothbrush?
Did you know The American Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush every 3-4 months? You should change your toothbrush sooner if bristles are damaged or frayed, or after you get sick to avoid reinfection from harmful germs or bacteria hidden in the bristles.
What Characteristics Should I Look For In A Toothbrush?
- Soft bristles: Many of our patients believe that hard bristles and more pressure can produce a more effective clean. However, this is not true. Over-vigorous brushing can wear the outer surface of your teeth. Brushing too hard can also cause receding gum tissue, which can gradually cause the roots of your teeth to be exposed. Damage to your tooth enamel and gum tissue can result in a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Soft- or medium-bristle brushes are your best choice because these options clean your teeth thoroughly and gently without harming your teeth.
- Head size: The size of your toothbrush matters. A proper adult-sized brush should have a head that is not too big so you can use it to thoroughly clean all areas of your mouth.
- ADA-approval: To ensure that your brush is safe and effective for your teeth, your toothbrush should be approved by the American Dental Association.
- Favorite color: Having a toothbrush in your favorite color can make brushing a more enjoyable experience.
- Shape: Toothbrush heads come in circular and rectangular shape, but there is no standard shape that works best. The best choice for you is whatever fits your preferences and needs most comfortably.
- Handle: Pick a toothbrush handle that is both long enough and comfortable to hold since you will be brushing for at least 2 minutes each day.
Would I Benefit From An Electric Toothbrush?
Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective when used properly. However, electric toothbrushes can be more practical to use since they come with added features such as built-in timers, pressure sensors, and different modes of cleaning.
The American Dental Association recommends the toothbrush should be held at a 45-degree angle to remove plaque from above and just below the gumline. Your tooth-brushing strokes should be short and gentle while moving back and forth. While electric toothbrushes can cost more than most manual toothbrushes, some people prefer the powered version. People who live with arthritis may find that electric toothbrushes can give their teeth a better clean with less work.
What Can I Do To Keep My Toothbrush Clean?
The human mouth is home to many different types of germs and bacteria. Disinfecting your toothbrush not only benefits your teeth but also your overall health. You can ensure that your brush remains clean by doing the following:
- Do not share your toothbrush with anyone else.
- Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after each use to remove leftover toothpaste and debris.
- Do not cover your toothbrush bristles immediately after use. Bacteria can grow on your brush when it is wet, so let it dry.
- Sanitize your brush with mouthwash or a hydrogen peroxide solution to keep your toothbrush clean.
A good dental hygiene routine is still no substitute for visiting your dentist twice a year. It is best to visit your dentist once every 6 months for professional cleaning and routine examination. If you are seeking a dental expert for general, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry in the Cromwell, CT area, look no further than Fedorciw, Massoumi & Kolbig. For Invisalign, veneers, dental implants, tooth-colored composite fillings and more, call 860-635-4666 today.