Do you need help finding the right toothbrush for your teeth? There are so many different kinds of toothbrushes and toothpastes on the market today, there are many different shapes, sizes and styles so it can be very difficult to choose the best one for your oral health.
Tips to Finding the Best Toothbrush and Toothpaste
The easiest bet is a soft-bristled brush because it best removes plaque and debris from your teeth and from in the bacteria infested areas that are along the gumline and in between your teeth. Also, using a hard bristled brush can hurt your gums and cause premature receding. In addition, having a small headed brush is important as it can reach more teeth – especially the ones in the back of your mouth. To get every nook and cranny and crack of your mouth, having angled bristles is very important.
A handle needs to be whatever is most comfortable for you and most compatible for your mouth. There are many kinds, non-slip grip, flexible neck, tapered or rectangular shaped head and rippled or trimmed bristles. The “best,” for you is the one that allows you the most maneuverability when brushing.
“Get the toothbrush that you feel is going to be the right size for you,” says American Dental Association Spokesperson Dr. Genaro (Gene) Romo. “The other thing I always say is make sure it’s a soft toothbrush.” And if possible, you should also look for the ADA label on the packaging, according to Dr. Romo — it’s the sure sign that it’s been tested and approved for you to use twice daily for optimal oral health.
Another great alternative is a powered toothbrush, as it can do an excellent job of cleaning teeth, especially for those who don’t love to brush or have a difficult time brushing well. It can be harder to maneuver, so ensure that it comfortably fits your hand and is the correct size for your mouth. These can be especially beneficial for adults with arthritis or kids with small hands as they are generally easier to grasp.
Have a toothbrush you don’t love right now? You can try a new one soon, as you should replace your toothbrush whenever it begins to show wear or after three months of usage. In addition to that you need to ensure that you change toothbrushes after any illness because bristles can hold germs that can lead to reinfection.
For example, are the bristles looking flatter? “That’s a dead giveaway,” he says. When you see the electric toothbrush, Dr. Romo says you’re probably better off going manual. “You could actually do a very thorough job just by using an ADA-approved manual toothbrush, as long as you’re doing it twice a day for two minutes each time, and then floss regularly,” he explains.
All of the work you do to keep your teeth pearly white? Make sure they are also sparkling clean, and that you aren’t making it harder on yourself by having a bad toothbrush!