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Choosing the Right Toothbrush
Your toothbrush is an integral tool in your oral hygiene arsenal. It is essential for eliminating plaque, bacteria, and other debris from the surfaces of your teeth, helping to reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease. You may have noticed, however, that there are countless types of toothbrushes available for sale. This can make choosing one a bit challenging. Sunnyside Dentistry is here to help you choose the right toothbrush for you.
Look at the Bristles
Toothbrushes are available with different types of bristles. Some have soft bristles, some have medium, and others have hard bristles. Soft bristles are generally regarded as the best, as well as the safest. Even if you are a bit too vigorous with your brushing habits, soft bristles are the least likely to cause wear on your gums and your tooth enamel.
The Size of the Toothbrush
The size of your toothbrush head is important for ensuring proper cleaning. You want a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth and allows you to effectively reach all areas of your mouth. For most adults, a toothbrush head measuring a half inch wide by one inch tall. You can also find toothbrushes with larger heads, but these may be a bit more difficult to effectively move around.
Pay attention to the handle. Your toothbrush should feel comfortable in your hand and easy to maneuver. You can also find different types of handles, such as those with non-slip grips or those with flexible necks. While these features are not essential, some people may find them more comfortable or easier to use. These features are designed more for personal preference.
Manual or Electric?
Many patients are confused about whether or not to get a manual or an electric toothbrush. This choice is ultimately based on your personal preference. Electric toothbrushes cost more than manual toothbrushes, but their heads move rapidly to provide your teeth with more strokes per second than you can achieve on your own. Electric toothbrushes can also be easier to use, especially for those who have problems with manual dexterity such as those with arthritis. Even though an electric toothbrush moves faster than your hand, it is still essential that you brush for two full minutes each time.
Choosing an electric toothbrush is not much different from choosing a manual one. You should look for a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your hand. The bristles of the toothbrush head should be soft. Some toothbrushes come with timers, which help you to get your full two minutes in. You can also check different electric toothbrushes for the American Dental Association seal of approval. This seal lets you know that the toothbrush has been tested to ensure safety.
If you are thinking about getting an electric toothbrush, but are overwhelmed by your options and unsure of which one to choose, we can help to point you toward one that we believe will help you to maintain optimal oral health.
If you are unsure of what toothbrush you should get, or you have any other questions regarding toothbrushes, we can help. Call Sunnyside Dentistry at (503) 451-5104 today for more information.