Changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months can be overwhelming and confusing. Choosing the right toothbrush for you can dramatically improve your oral care and help improve your oral health. You need a toothbrush that suits your specific needs. Don’t know where to start? This page provided to you by Essential Dental Of Roslyn can give you some insight to help you find the best toothbrush for you.
Why Choosing The Right Toothbrush Is Important?
A quality toothbrush is essential for a good dental care routine. It can help provide the most comprehensive dental care and keep your teeth and gums healthy in the long run. Regular brushing also reduces your risk of developing periodontal disease, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and pneumonia.
Characteristics You Should Look For In Your Toothbrush
When choosing your toothbrush you should use one approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). The American Dental Association’s seal ensures that independent experts confirm the safety and effectiveness of toothbrushes. ADA-approved toothbrushes often meet standards that exceed legal requirements.
When choosing a toothbrush, first understand the common characteristics of toothbrushes and their importance. Not only will this help you choose the right toothbrush, but it will also make brushing easier, helping you to brush more often. Consider the following characteristics:
- Soft, medium, and hard bristles: There are three types of bristles: soft, medium, and hard. Choosing between soft and medium is often a matter of personal preference. Oral care experts recommend using soft bristles to be gentle on your teeth and gums. Hard bristles, on the other hand, can damage gums and tooth enamel. Some people with sensitive gums may benefit from the extra-soft bristles, which are gentler on gums and ideal for sensitive teeth.
- Head size: When choosing a toothbrush, consider the size of the head. A smaller head is usually best for adults as it is easier to reach all your teeth and molars while still having good control over the brush. When selecting brushes, it is best to compare them side by side to see the different sizes available.
- Bristle type: The bristle type, or the difference between round and thin brush heads, also plays a big role in your choice of toothbrush. The ultra-fine bristles are specially cut with thinner ends to reach deep between teeth and below the gum line for an exceptional clean.
Powered vs Manual
Many people believe that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque. However, both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective as long as the brushing technique is correct. The choice between a manual toothbrush and an electric toothbrush ultimately comes down to your personal comfort and preferences. Electric toothbrushes are best for people who need a little help to brush thoroughly, or who have limited mobility (such as arthritis) that prevents them from doing a thorough brushing with a manual toothbrush. In addition, people with sensitive teeth (or who brush too hard, such as those who are stressed or in a hurry) may benefit from special electric toothbrush modes that reduce stress on teeth, or that visually display how much pressure is being applied to you by tightening your teeth. Otherwise, a manual toothbrush gets the job done with gentle and circular motions for two whole minutes.
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