With so many different kinds on the market, it can be difficult to know how to choose the right toothbrush. To ensure you get the most out of your daily brushing routine, consider the following factors.
The Brush Head
Dentists recommend using a brush with soft bristles. This kind of brush head allows you to apply sufficient pressure to your teeth to remove debris without damaging your gums. If you brush more vigorously than the average person and use medium or hard-nylon bristles, you risk the chance of damaging your gum tissue. Choose a soft-bristle head with rounded tips for even more protection against tissue damage.
As for the size, you want to make sure the brush head is small enough to manoeuvre around your mouth. If it is too big, you won’t be able to reach areas where bacteria will most likely thrive.
The handle should be comfortable to hold and give you complete control when brushing. Brushes with non-slip grip handles and flexible necks, for instance, can make your routine a bit easier.
Seal of Approval
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) helps make patients’ buying decisions easier by adding their signature seal to certain products. Their team of expert dentists tests different kinds and brands of toothbrushes and determine which they support. Products that uphold professional requirements are awarded the Seal of Approval so that consumers know they can trust them. When you are shopping for a toothbrush, look for the ADA’s seal to find quality and reliable products.
Electric or Manual?
An electric toothbrush essentially does the work for you and cleans the areas that are most difficult to reach. Most options come with a built-in timer that encourages you to spend the proper amount of time (2 minutes) brushing. Some newer models will even beep every so often, alerting the user when it is time to brush the next section of your mouth.
When the proper technique is used, manual toothbrushes can do just as an effective job at cleaning your teeth as an electric toothbrush. Electric ones simply make the job easier. They are typically a pricier investment, but the convenience and efficiency can be worth the cost.
When to Replace Your Toothbrush
Changing out your old toothbrush might not be high on your list of priorities, but it definitely should be! An old toothbrush won’t do a good job at cleaning your mouth and can wear away at enamel and harm gum tissue.
As for how to know when to replace your toothbrush, a good rule of thumb is to change it out every three months. You should buy a new one sooner if the bristles start to look fuzzy and worn. It is also a good idea to get a new one after you recover from an illness.
These tips can help you pick the right toothbrush, but talking to a trusted dentist at Newcastle Dental Care is one of the best ways to determine which one is right for your mouth. We will consult with you based on your oral health and help you make a decision. Take care of your oral health today by contacting Newcastle Dental Care at (02) 4929 4287 to schedule an appointment.