How to Choose the Right Toothbrush
Who knew the toothbrush aisle could be so confusing? Picking out a toothbrush can be tricky with all of the choices on the market today. Special brushes for orthodontics or dentures are thrown in with others that boast of teeth whitening or deep cleaning powers. All of the available features can make your head spin. The team at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC is happy to help patients decide which type of toothbrush will be most beneficial for their individual needs.
Is Softer Really Better?
One might think harder bristles will clean teeth better, but unfortunately, the minimal benefits derived from stiffer bristles do not outweigh potential damage. Hard bristles wear enamel down quicker and contribute to gum recession. Soft bristles remove plaque effectively during brushing by following proper brushing protocol. Plus, your gums will thank you for taking it easy on them with softer bristles. It is especially important for children to use soft or extra soft bristles because there is definitely a learning curve involved in acquiring proper brushing technique.
Electric vs. Manual
Electric toothbrushes used to be out of reach for many people. Now, the sheer number of affordable choices can be overwhelming. Some electronic brushes clean by rotating, some use pulse, while others feature sonic cleaning. Regardless of exact method, electric brushes clean better with less effort. This can be especially helpful for the elderly, children, and anyone who struggles with the physical task of brushing teeth. To top it off, electronic toothbrushes are fun to use.
Manual toothbrushes require more physical exertion to do the same job as electronic brushes. Bright colors and fancy designs are abundant and can make manual brushes more appealing to children. However, if you have arthritis, you may want to go with a non-slip surface that fits comfortably in your hand. With a manual brush, you will need to spend a full two minutes brushing, taking care to brush any tight spaces thoroughly.
What About Toothbrush Head Size?
Think about what it takes to clean between the keys on a keyboard. Smaller toothbrush heads allow people to reach those hard to reach places between teeth and in the back of your mouth. It is easier to angle smaller toothbrush heads for improved accuracy and precision.
Larger toothbrush heads may only get the outermost surface of the teeth, leaving germs behind. Each mouth is different, so for some people, a large toothbrush head may be appropriate. It is important to use brushes designed for children to accommodate their smaller mouths. If you are unsure of the right size, talk to your Abbotsford dentist about your needs.
How Often Should I Replace My Brush?
Whether you choose manual or electric, you will need to replace your brush or brush head every 1-3 months. Bristles begin to breakdown and germs tend to build up. If you or your child has had strep throat or been sick, you will want to replace your brush once you have recovered.
Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford Loves Talking About Toothbrushes
The Abbotsford dentists at Clayburn Dental can provide tips on toothbrush selection so that you will end up with the cleanest, healthiest teeth on the block. Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.