Toothbrushes – which kind is best?

Our last blog we talked a little about how to minimize germs on your toothbrush.

But what kind of a toothbrush should you use?  There are many types of toothbrushes to choose from; with choices ranging from small to large and extra soft to hard bristled, manual to electric.

Dentists even seem divided when it comes to this subject, according to a poll taken.

      • 32% say electric.
      • 31% say sonic.
      • 28% say a conventional toothbrush.

No matter what brand of brush you use, keep the following in mind:

1) It’s important to choose a soft or extra soft bristled toothbrush.  Most people tend to think that the harder the bristles, the better they will be in removing plaque and debris. But that is not the case.  Soft bristles conform to tooth surfaces and are less apt to cause damage to the teeth and gums like hard bristles can. Hard bristles combined with scrubbing can wear away hard enamel and cause gum recession. For more information see our post Why a Soft-bristled Toothbrush?

2)  Choose a brush that is small enough for your mouth.  Larger brushes make it hard to get to the back teeth and around all areas in your mouth.

3) When it comes to the type of handle (such as non-slip grip or flexible neck), shape of the head (tapered or rectangular) and style of bristles (such as rippled, flat or trimmed to a dome shape), pick whatever is most comfortable for you.

4)  Electric or manual.  Most studies show that electric brushes do a better job of removing plaque than manual brushes – but alot depends on the technique of the user.  If you tend to be a “scrubber” and brush too hard, then an electric toothbrush that indicates when too much pressure is used, might be a good fit.  Also if you have limited manual dexterity or arthritis etc, an electric toothbrush may be easier to use. Keep in mind that no matter what type of brush you use, it takes about 2 minutes to thoroughly clean all surfaces of every tooth.

You should replace your toothbrush about every 3 months.  If you are wearing out your toothbrush in a month (all the bristles are splayed out), then you are brushing too hard.

Keep in mind that no matter what type of brush you use, it takes about 2 minutes to thoroughly clean all surfaces of every tooth.

When it comes right down to it – which toothbrush is the best ??  The best toothbrush is the one you use!  Choose the toothbrush that is the right size and style for your mouth and your oral care needs, and you’ll be able to clean your teeth more completely and help prevent bacterial buildup and the development of plaque.  Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and visit us regularly to keep your teeth for a lifetime!

To see how toothbrushes are made, click on this You Tube Video

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One Response to Toothbrushes – which kind is best?

  1. julie says:

    awesome!! what a great entry!

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