From the time we were toddlers, we were told that if we didn’t brush our teeth, little green monsters called plaque would get into our mouth and carve holes in our teeth. Though the vernacular of the story has probably evolved as we entered adulthood, the concept of brushing your teeth for a healthy mouth has not.
However, just because the necessity of brushing your teeth didn’t change when you grew up, that doesn’t mean your toothbrush should stay the same too. It should change with you as you grow and adapt over the years. Compare the toothbrush you’re using today to the tips offered below.
Just the Right Size
The process of choosing the size of your toothbrush can feel much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Your toothbrush should not be too big or too small, but just right for your mouth. You should be able to easily navigate the head around all of your teeth, including the pesky back molars, without being uncomfortable. Most adults find that a toothbrush head that’s one inch tall and half an inch wide is the perfect size for them. As for the handle, choose a toothbrush that’s thick enough and long enough to fit and rotate comfortably in your hand.
Toothbrush bristles are rated based on their stiffness from extra soft to hard. Most dentists will recommend a soft or medium bristle, since it’s stiff enough to scrub around teeth but not damage your gums. However, some people have very sensitive teeth and gums and should use an extra soft toothbrush. Others have extreme plaque problems and the dentist may recommend a hard toothbrush, though that is very rare. The general rule for toothbrushes is the softer the better.
Electric or Manual?
Both electric and manual toothbrushes will work effectively to clean your teeth. However, some people who need assistance brushing their teeth have found electric toothbrushes to be a must. Electric toothbrushes are also great for getting kids to brush their teeth. But, if you don’t need any special assistance in brushing your teeth, it might be better for you to save your money and stick with a manual toothbrush.
Look for the ADA seal of approval on any toothbrush you buy. Though in a perfect world, every tool made for our mouths would be safe, that’s not always the case for toothbrushes. The ADA runs rigid tests on toothbrushes to ensure that they are safe and effective for your mouth. So don’t take the risk, and only buy toothbrushes with this stamp of approval.
If you are still struggling to find the perfect toothbrush, give us a call today. We can give you a recommendation on the perfect toothbrush for your personal oral hygiene.