How to Choose a Good Toothbrush

When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, you will find that your oral hygiene aisle will have a seemingly endless amount of options. Ultimately, you want to choose a toothbrush that will give you the healthiest smile, but what makes a good toothbrush? And why do they give you so many options? Read on to find those answers and a complete guide to help you choose your next toothbrush.

Why Are There So Many Types of Toothbrushes?

Everyones smile is unique in its own way and for that reason, toothbrush companies have manufactured brushes for different needs. To think of it simply, you would not want to use the same kind of brush as a child who just got their first tooth. The main differences between brushes are handle size, bristle texture, and electric or manual brushes. Let’s break down each of these categories.

Handle Size

You may notice some adult brushes have an ergonomic grip or extra indents for your fingers. The grooves and designs can help you achieve a more comfortable grip for your personal preference. With the goal of achieving a healthier smile, no handle is better than another. Find a brush with a handle that feels comfortable in your hand.

When it comes to children’s toothbrushes, wide grip handles are usually the safest choice. The wider handle with grip will be easier for them to grasp when learning how to properly brush.

Bristle Texture

Bristles on the toothbrush do most of the work when it comes to cleaning plaque, so it is important to find a bush with the proper texture of bristles. It is important that you don’t get a toothbrush with hard or course bristles. They can cause permanent damage to the enamel on your teeth and are not safe for daily use. You want to find a brush with soft textured bristles. For children, again, finding a soft bristled brush is ideal.

Electric or Manual?

It has been proven that electric toothbrushes are able to remove more plaque than using a manual toothbrush. The electric toothbrush takes most of the work out of brushing and the ease of the process actually increases the likelihood of people brushing their teeth. Actually, if you have arthritis or have limited dexterity in your hands, using an electric toothbrush may not only increase your oral health but also make brushing more comfortable. If you are able to afford it, your best option is to choose an electric toothbrush.
A manual toothbrush maybe better than an electric option in young children. Talk to your pediatric dentist for more information on when your child will be ready to move to an electric toothbrush.

How Often Do You Replace Your Toothbrush?

Replace your toothbrush or brush head either every 3 months or when the bristles begin to show signs of wear, whichever comes first. When you use an old toothbrush you risk exposing your mouth to germs and bacteria that can harm your smile. Also, a worn toothbrush can damage your gum tissue, so remember to replace your toothbrush regularly.

Call your dental experts at OC Healthy Smiles if you have any concerns about your smile or your brushing techniques. We look forward to seeing you at your next visit!

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