We have a variety of toothbrush options available to us. But with more choices comes a tougher decision when purchasing a new toothbrush. Today, we have some pointers to make the toothbrush buying process a whole lot easier.
Electric or Manual?
This is a good place to start the process of elimination. We highly recommend electric toothbrushes are thorough, and they prevent hand fatigue, which makes them helpful for people with dexterity issues or chronic pain. They also encourage people to brush longer, because two minutes seems to go by more quickly when the brush is doing more work than your hand. Children in particular might do a better job of brushing with an electric toothbrush, especially one with a timer.
If the Brush Fits
People with small mouths should choose a toothbrush with a small head and curved edge. A toothbrush with a large, square head can knock against your teeth and soft tissues, which can lead to chips or mouth sores.
It could help your brushing technique if you find a toothbrush that is ergonomically designed, which means it comfortably fits your hand. This will help you brush more accurately and for a longer time. Angled heads also help with accuracy in reaching individual teeth, including those hard-to-reach back teeth.
A Soft Touch
When it comes to bristles, the best option for everyone is soft. You can choose from soft or extra soft. But do not purchase medium or hard bristles. Toothbrushes with stiff bristles can wear down tooth enamel and cause gum recession, which could eventually cause serious dental issues. Brushing your teeth with soft bristles, in gentle, circular strokes, will give your teeth and gums the thorough cleaning that they need.
You might want to purchase a few toothbrushes that appeal to you and use trial and error to find your perfect match.
Dr. James DeFinnis can help you keep your dental hygiene routine at its best. He offers comprehensive dental care, including dental checkups and teeth cleanings, to patients in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and surrounding cities. Please call our Trucksville, PA, dental practice today at 570-763-4360 for your appointment.