How To Choose A Toothbrush

 In oral health

When it comes to shopping for a toothbrush, most people have never given much thought to picking one out. Many of us use the toothbrush that is given out in your goodie bag at the end of an appointment.

Yet you should be replacing your toothbrush more often than every six months. And, ideally, you could be using an electric toothbrush at home as well. This means that you will need to know how to shop for the right toothbrush.

Manual Toothbrushes

Even though you might get a toothbrush from your Vancouver dentist, this might not be the right one for you. These are the factors you should consider when buying one.

  1. The Bristles: To begin with, you need to look at how firm the bristles of the toothbrush are. You will notice that in stores there are hard, medium, and soft bristle ratings. It has been repeatedly been shown that soft bristles are the way to go. Hard bristles can damage your gum tissue and cause bleeding. If used too much or too aggressively, your gums can start to recede, pulling away from your teeth. This will cause your roots to become exposed, causing sensitivity and pain.
  2. Head Size: The second factor when looking at a toothbrush is the size of the toothbrush head. Heads come in all sizes, but ideally, you should have a head size that will go into your mouth without any trouble and not gag you. You should be able to move the head around your mouth without a struggle as well.
  3. Handle Size: You also need to be able to hold onto the handle without a struggle and comfortably. A thinner handle is harder to hang onto for a longer period of time and is not a good idea for people with larger hands. Children also should have larger grips in order to get enough of a hold to effectively brush their teeth.

Electric Toothbrushes

When it comes to electric toothbrushes, there are some other factors that you will need to think about. Bristle size, head size, and handle size are not really optional with these types of toothbrushes. This is what to consider with an electric toothbrush.

  1. Timer: You need to brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. Having a toothbrush that can keep track of how long you are brushing will help you reach that two minute mark. Without watching the clock, most people really only will brush 30 seconds before deciding that they are done.
  2. Quadrant Notification: Some brands of electric toothbrushes will tell you when you should change quadrants in your mouth. This can happen either with the toothbrush itself or with an accompanying app. This is not necessary, but it is helpful to make sure that every area of your mouth is getting full attention.
  3. Bristle Movement: Electric toothbrushes do not all move the same way. Some will move back and forth quickly whereas others will have a spinning movement. Both have been shown to better than hand brushing, but you still might have a personal preference to what is the right choice for you.

Changing Toothbrushes

Regardless of whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, the toothbrush or head will need to be replaced. It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three months or so. The bristles will start to fray and wear down, making them not as effective at cleaning your teeth. You might also want to change out toothbrushes if you have been sick, getting rid of the bacteria that might be in the bristles.

The bottom line is you need to have a toothbrush that is effective and works for you in order to have the best home care possible.

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