You change your toothbrush out every few months, and more often if you’ve come down with an illness (to prevent the spread of germs.) Do you have a favorite? Do you buy the brand that is on sale that day? Just how exactly are we supposed to choose the best toothbrush for our specific needs? There are a few important factors to keep in mind the next time you invest in a brush.
Flexibility of the bristles.
There are usually just a few different varieties of bristle firmness – extra soft, soft, medium, firm/hard. Did you know, that all dental patients should use a soft or extra-soft bristled brush? That’s because medium or firm bristles are too abrasive on tooth enamel and gum tissue, typically resulting in irreversible enamel abrasion and gum recession tha tmay lead to the need for a gum transplant, crowns, or other dental restorations. Then why do they sell them at the stores? Supply and demand. People still buy them because they like them, so manufacturers continue to make them.
Size of the brush
Are you a woman with a smaller mouth? Does your child want an adult brush because it looks cool? It’s very important to purchase a brush that has a brush head that is not too large. One that is the size of about 2 teeth is fine. Anything very much larger makes it difficult to brush all of the surface areas, causing many surfaces to be missed during brushing.
Electric or manual.
Manual toothbrushes work well when used properly, but electric toothbrushes are proven to remove more plaque and keep gums healthier simply because they have more mechanical action than what can be achieved when using a manual toothbrush.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry
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