With so many options available in the toothbrush aisle, you might be left scratching your head in confusion. Learn the best way to choose a toothbrush from an experienced Mesa and Gilbert dentist.
Despite the toothbrush being a tool people use daily, many are in the dark when it comes to determining which toothbrush is the best option for them. Many people choose the cheapest option, while others choose what looks the most aesthetically pleasing to them. Below is a list of what you should look for when selecting a toothbrush.
Soft vs. Hard Bristles
Many people believe the hard bristles on a toothbrush will be the better option assuming their stiffness will result in better scrubbing, but several dental experts agree the soft bristle is better for removing stubborn plaque. Hard bristle brushes can be tough on teeth and gums. These bristles can damage enamel and irritate gums which can lead to sensitive teeth. Soft bristles with rounded tips are better at removing plaque and bending into hard to reach tooth grooves.
Size & Shape Matter
The size and shape of a toothbrush is not one size fits all. Your mouth may be small while another person’s mouth could be large. Generally, a toothbrush with a smaller head can get into harder to reach places.
Various studies have shown that most manual and electric toothbrushes can do the same amount of cleaning. However, many people who use manual toothbrushes don’t brush for long enough, or may not have the dexterity or mobility required to be as efficient as the electric brush. If you suffer from arthritis or mobility issues, an electric toothbrush can be an extremely effective aid in maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Additionally, electric toothbrushes often turn on with specific durations of time so you know when you’ve brushed long enough and when you have not.
Experiencing tooth or gum pain?
If you are experiencing tooth or gum pain, you should contact an experienced Douglasville dentist as soon as possible to schedule a checkup. During your check-up, our skilled dental team can investigate the cause of your pain and address or resolve the issue there.
We are committed to providing our patients with top-notch dental care.