A toothbrush seems like it should be a relatively simple object to buy, but walk to the toothbrush section of any aisle and you might get overwhelmed at the sheer array of options that you have. At the Azarko Dental Group, a team of Edmonton dentists, we know choosing the right toothbrush can be a daunting task.
Keep the following tips in mind, however, and you'll not only pick the right one, but you'll know how to take care of it too.
- Toothbrush Bristle Firmness
When shopping for toothbrushes you'll likely notice that you have three choices for bristle firmness: soft, medium, or hard. Many people assume that the firmest bristles should be the best at brushing and removing plaque with, but dentists actually recommend soft bristles, even for adult teeth. Overly firm bristles can actually cause damage to gums and remove tooth enamel, making teeth more vulnerable to acid attacks from plaque bacteria.
- Toothbrush Handle Type
There is no end to the variety of toothbrush handle designs. Perhaps as many different colors, textures, and styles are available for adult brushes as for children's! The most important point to remember when choosing among toothbrush handles is to pick one that is comfortable to hold, or you'll always quit brushing sooner than you should. Straight, ridged handles are often the most awkward to hold, so look for a brush with a curved handle and a non-slip grip.
- Electric Vs. Manual Toothbrush
Whether an electric or a manual toothbrush will be better for you is going to largely depend on your brushing habits. Either one can work effectively for removing plaque and food particles as long as enough time is spent on each tooth. Some people do find electric toothbrushes to be more fun, and are therefore encouraged to brush longer with them. Ultimately, it will come down to how easy you find each option to use and how committed you are to brushing with it.
- Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean
Finally, one of the most important things to know about toothbrushes is how to keep them clean. Make sure that you always give your toothbrush a thorough rinse after brushing, and that you keep it upright and clear of other toothbrush heads to dry. You should also be replacing your toothbrush every three to four month or when the blue indicator strips have become worn, whichever comes first.
Have All of Your Toothbrush Questions Answered by an Edmonton Dentist
If you have any more questions about toothbrushes, then the very best place to ask them is at an Edmonton Dental Clinic. At the Azarko Dental Group we are committed to making sure everyone has the right tools and knowledge to take good care of their dental health.
If you would like to speak to one of our experienced Edmonton dentists, then we welcome you to contact one of our two dental clinics today:
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8
969 James MowattTrail SW
Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4