There are so many toothbrushes available – how do you choose the right one for yourself and your teeth? Perhaps you’re using the same free one from your Pembroke MA dentist two years ago. Maybe you choose your toothbrush based on your favorite color. Possibly you always choose whatever is cheapest or on sale. Although common methods, none of these is the best way to choose your toothbrush!
What to Look For in Your New Toothbrush, According to Our 5-Star-Rated Pembroke Dentist
- Soft Bristles – The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you use a toothbrush with soft, multi-level, or angled bristles. You should brush gently also; brushing your teeth too hard is a leading cause of sensitive teeth.
- Head Shape – The toothbrush bristles should comfortably reach your back-most molars. Not every toothbrush head shape is right for every mouth. If the brush is too large or too wide for you, it won’t reach every tooth surface and is not serving its purpose.
- Avoid No-Name Dollar Store Toothbrushes – Multiple toothbrushes in a pack may seem like a bargain, but no-name toothbrushes may be made of inferior or unsafe materials. Save these for cleaning bathroom grout, not for taking care of your teeth!
- Small Children – Babies need baby-sized toothbrushes, and small children need toothbrushes with smaller heads than adult toothbrushes. The brush should be appropriate to mouth size. Let your kids choose their own fun, colorful toothbrush to make them excited about brushing their teeth. Replace your child’s toothbrush at least every three months – more if they are especially hard on their toothbrush.
- Electric/Powered Toothbrushes – If you don’t brush as long or as thoroughly as you’re supposed to, a powered toothbrush may be the choice for you. Whether due to limited manual dexterity or an aversion to brushing for the full two minutes, you may find that powered toothbrushes may be easier, more comfortable, and more effective for you.
- Use What You Love – The best toothbrush is the one you actually use! The handle should fit comfortably in your hand. Also, hygienists recommend smaller-headed brushes because they are preferable for getting to the hard-to-reach back of your mouth. The toothbrush head should feel comfortable in your mouth and reach every tooth surface.
- Replace Every Three Months – A worn toothbrush can damage your gum tissue. Replace your brush every three months, or when it becomes worn. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, it’s time for a new one!
Talk to your local Pembroke MA dental office if you are unsure of the best toothbrush for you and your family.
If one type of brush doesn’t feel right for you, experiment with a different one. After all, taking the time to find the right toothbrush is a small investment for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to dentistry, feel free to contact Luxe Smile Dentistry, with a convenient dental office location near Pembroke, by clicking here or by calling 781.319.0070.