We’ve all been there. Standing in the dental aisle and staring. What kind of toothbrush should I get? I like these little rubber things but do I need a soft or medium bristle? Do I really want to pay that much for something that scrubs my teeth? It’s inevitable. We close our eyes, play a quick game of eeny meeny miny moe and grab a brush.
No one likes that feeling. Here at Easton Dentist, we want to alleviate your struggles and have come up with a few tips and tricks for picking that new toothbrush.
Manual vs. Electric
This particular argument comes down to your preference. If using a toothbrush that whistles while it works reminds you to brush your teeth every day, go for it! Same goes for the toothbrushes with chunky handles – kids and adults with arthritis find these handles easier to grip. Studies show that the best way to brush your teeth is using a back and forth or rotary motion on the tooth itself.
Soft vs. Hard Bristles
Survey says: Medium! When brushing your teeth, you should be careful not to brush too hard as it can erode the enamel. The same is true for the bristles on your brush. Some people prefer the harder bristle brushes, saying that they give more of a clean feeling. Be careful, though, as this can also erode that enamel as well as damage your gums and root surface. If your brush is too soft, then you’re not going to get the job done. For most people, that soft bristle brush is going to be the winning choice. For extra protection, check that the bristles on your brush have rounded tips.
Ok, but what about all those shapes on that brush? Do I need those?
Besides needing to use a toothbrush, there isn’t any particular kind of toothbrush you should get. Toothbrushes that are being manufactured now are being crafted with longer bristles to help get those hard to reach places. Just be aware of the size of the head of the brush; your brush should maneuver around your mouth easily. For adults, that size is about a half inch wide and one inch tall.
Still lost? Ask the experts! Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval. Brushes with this seal have undergone rigorous testing to ensure that the safety and quality of your toothbrush.
Schedule your next appointment with Easton Dentists and we’ll be happy to guide you on your road to success.