How much thought do you put into the toothbrush that you use each day? Do you prefer a particular brand, texture, or shape? Do these factors even really matter, or are they just personal preferences between consumers? While there are some factors that are left up to the person purchasing the brush, there are a few aspects of the brush that need to be considered when it comes to selecting the one that will be best for your teeth.
Size of the brush.
Toothbrushes are only meant to clean 2 or 3 teeth at a time. Anything bigger than that won’t be able to access all of the teeth when it comes to brushing around the curves of your mouth. Instead, the teeth in between will be skipped over altogether. Select a brush that is small enough for your mouth, regardless of your age.
Bristle stiffness and texture.
Brand name toothbrushes have rounded bristle tips that are less abrasive on your enamel and gum tissue. Cheaper brushes may have microscopically rough tips that abrade the enamel. Select soft bristle stiffness for the same reasons, as medium to hard bristles can encourage gum recession and abrasion of the enamel.
Manual or electric.
Manual toothbrushes are perfectly fine to use as long as you take your time and brush properly. On the other hand, electric toothbrushes are known for more efficient plaque removal, gum stimulation, and cleaner teeth. Making the investment in a high quality toothbrush can be an excellent choiceto reduce plaque, prevent cavities and reduce the need for dental fillings, crowns and other restorations. Remember, you get what you pay for. If you are choosing between a hard bristled cheap electric brush and a soft bristled manual brush, go for the latter.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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