How do I Choose the Correct Toothbrush?
Most people know how important it is to brush your teeth twice a day, every day with no exceptions. Your dentist and your dental hygienist have most certainly repeated this to you over and over at each dentist visit. What your dentist or hygienist may not have covered is how to choose the correct toothbrush. If you are now wondering if you are even using the correct type of brush, then this article is for you.
Let’s cover the basics of making the best choice of toothbrush
Hard, Medium or Soft?
You may believe that brushing your teeth vigorously would make them cleaner, thus contributing to a better oral health. While this is true, using a hard toothbrush may actually hurt your gums, making them bleed or swell. Overly vigorous brushing combined with a hard-bristled toothbrush does more harm than good to your soft tissues. Moreover, hard bristles may affect the integrity of the tooth enamel, opening microscopic gates for bacteria and various other germs. The best toothbrush should have medium to soft bristles, made from high quality plastic. By choosing the adequate hardness, you avoid hurting your gums, even in the event of too vigorous brushing. In addition, you should only use a pea sized amount of toothpaste, as this should be enough to do a proper cleaning job.
Size & Shape – What to Consider
The size of the toothbrush head can also make a huge difference. Most people are tempted to buy toothbrushes with big heads, thinking that they are going to be more efficient at removing plaque and food debris from their mouth. As a matter of fact, size matters, but not in the expected way. The smaller the brush head, the better. A small head will enable you to reach in the back of your mouth and get all those larger teeth. A big toothbrush head can’t reach in those narrow areas as well, sometimes resulting in decay of the back teeth from improper brushing.
The handle of your toothbrush has a direct influence on the pressure you apply on your teeth during brushing. A stiff handle may encourage you to push too hard, thus irritating your gums. This is why some toothbrush makers have developed flexible handles that prevent the user from pushing too hard.
The Ideal Toothbrush …
In conclusion, the ideal toothbrush should have moderately soft bristles, a small head, preferable round or oval, and a semi-flexible handle. Moreover, you should replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner, if you notice the bristles get frayed.
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