How To Properly Select The Right Toothbrush
Did You know that the average person spends over 24 hours each year just brushing their teeth? With that much time spent, it is important to have the necessary tools to have healthy teeth and gums. We will show you how to properly select the right toothbrush for you and your family.
- Save Money – Although it is great to save money, avoid the very cheap toothbrushes. You can sometimes find multi-packs of toothbrushes for a dollar. These toothbrushes are often cheaply made with very low quality. And most are not approved by any reputable associations such as the ADA.
- Is It Approved? – It is highly recommended to have an approved toothbrush with the seal of the ADA (American Dental Association). The ADA inspects each toothbrush for effectiveness and safety.
- Softer is Better – Hundreds of years ago toothbrushes were crafted from bone handles with bristles from boars or other wild animals. The toothbrush as we know it wasn’t invented till 1938. We recommend choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles that would be gentle on your gums and teeth. Harder bristles could cause your gum tissue to pull back from your teeth. Unfortunately, this could lead to exposing your teeth to tooth rot and potentially an increased sensitivity to cold, heat, and particular food and drinks. A toothbrush with softer bristles is accredited with removing more debris and plaque from your teeth.
- Smaller is Better – Choose a toothbrush a head size that can comfortably fit into your mouth and can cover 1-2 teeth at a time. We highly recommended the smaller heads due to their ability to get to the hard to reach areas of the mouth.
- Get a Grip! – We recommend choosing a toothbrush with a non-slip grip and also with a flexible, angled neck. This allows you to get to those hard to reach back teeth.
- But What About Electric? – There are advantages….and disadvantages to using an electric toothbrush. One of the biggest benefits of an electric toothbrush is that it gives you a deeper clean. An electric toothbrush is recommended for those with medical conditions such as arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. They are also recommended for people with uneven, misaligned teeth, and for those with braces. The main disadvantage of electric toothbrushes is the cost associated with owning them. Though the cost of them has gone over the years. Electric toothbrushes can be more expensive than expected. The heads of the electric toothbrush are recommended to be replaced every 3-4 months. Some believe that with continued use of an electric toothbrush, you could forget how to properly brush your teeth. It is also said that the most effective way to properly brush your teeth is by way of a manual toothbrush using vertical strokes on your teeth and gums.
- What Toothbrush Should I Get My Toddler? – We recommend getting your toddler a toothbrush with very soft bristles for gentle cleaning. Get them one with a very large handle for easier holding and gripping. Choose a toothbrush with a very small head that is specifically designed for baby teeth.
No matter which toothbrush you choose, the most important aspect to remember is to brush your teeth properly and to brush them long enough. The average person only brushes their teeth and gum for less than a minute. It is recommended that you brush twice daily for at least 2-3 minutes.