How To Choose the Right Toothbrush
It may not be a subject that you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about, and you may not even be aware that one toothbrush is much different from another, but choosing the right toothbrush is very important in ensuring that you’re taking great care of your teeth. Since there are so many options available, what do you even look for when picking up a new one?
What to look for:
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Some people may go for the medium or hard bristles, assuming that their teeth feel cleaner when using a brush with firmer bristles, but this can actually damage your tooth enamel over time, making them more porous and sensitive and possibly even contributing to tooth decay.
Also, all of our mouths are different, but in general, you want to go for a toothbrush with a head small enough to reach into all areas of your mouth, including your back teeth, where problems can be more prevalent. When it comes to the handle of the brush, like a non-slip grip, or the shape of the head, go for whatever’s the most comfortable for you. A word of caution here, the no-name dollar store toothbrushes shouldn’t be used on your teeth. Since these are not ADA approved brushes, there’s no way of telling what they’re made of and how safe they are.
In some cases, you may want to go the electric route. It can be a good alternative if you have difficulty brushing or have limited use of your hands. The electric and sonic varieties typically do a more thorough job of getting your teeth clean, and many of them have a built-in timer that tells you when you’ve brushed for the full recommended two minutes. If you do go this route, be sure to replace the brush head every three months, or sooner if the bristles fray more quickly.
Once you’ve found the right toothbrush for you, the most important part is to use it on a daily basis and to make sure you’re doing a thorough job when you do. On top of brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, seeing your dentist regularly will ensure that you have healthy teeth and gums. If it’s time for your checkup, make an appointment with your Mesa SunWest Dental office today.