Paper or plastic? Cash or credit? White or wheat bread? These are just some examples of everyday choices we have to make all the time. Another selection that affects us every day is what kind of toothbrush we use. What qualities should we look for in a toothbrush? Fortunately, a dentist in Orange Park is here to help you make a more informed decision.
Sometimes it might seem like medium- or hard-bristled brushes might help you achieve a better clean, but that’s actually not true. It’s much better for your teeth and gums to use a brush with soft bristles. Harder bristles can irritate the gum tissue and wear down your enamel, leaving your teeth more sensitive as well as vulnerable to cavities. In addition, use only the gentlest of pressure when brushing. Think of it more like polishing an eggshell rather than scrubbing a hardwood floor.
You would think that as an adult, you would need a larger brush head, but not necessarily. The best toothbrush has a head small enough to help you easily and comfortably clean all the surfaces of your teeth. If that means a smaller brush head, then so be it.
Manual or Electric?
This is a classic debate that has been raging for decades. There are pros and cons to each. On one hand, manual toothbrushes are cheaper, more portable, and are easily replaceable, since you can find them at pretty much any pharmacy or even grocery store.
On the other hand, electric toothbrushes generally do a better job at removing plaque, according to some studies. They also may be easier to use for children and people with dexterity issues, such as those with Parkinson’s or arthritis. It never hurts to try out both options and see which works better for you.
How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush every three months, or if the bristles begin to show signs of wear and appear frayed. Whichever comes first. It’s also crucial to change your brush (or your brush head if you use an electric toothbrush) right after you’ve been sick. If you don’t, then bacteria could remain on your brush and cause your sickness to come back, and you certainly don’t want that!
There are a lot of choices that you have to make every day, but hopefully this guide helps make selecting a toothbrush a little easier. The most important thing is that you’re using your brush to clean your teeth every single day.
About the Author
After studying at a dental school in India, Dr. Natasha Patel attended the prestigious Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale. She now practices at Kind Care Dentistry in Orange Park, FL. If you would like her to help you select a toothbrush, you can contact her via her website or call (904) 278-9011.