Over the years, the number of toothbrushes that are available for purchase has risen substantially. While it is nice to have a lot more choice, it is also more difficult to know which types of toothbrush you should get. By breaking things down, it will become easier to see why there are so many options and how you can figure out which one is right for you.
Why so Many Options?
Why are there so many different types of toothbrushes? There are several reasons for this. First, different people will have different needs and preferences when it comes to the type and size of handle to use or the type of bristles. Some might prefer electric toothbrushes, while others prefer manual ones. Everyone will have their preferences, so the manufacturers are making different styles and options to accommodate. Today, you can find high-end toothbrushes with replaceable heads, as well as the standard “run of the mill” toothbrushes that can do just as good of a job in many cases.
So, how do you determine which ones will be right for you? Follow the simple steps below, and it will be much easier.
Choosing a New Toothbrush
The first step in determining the best toothbrush for you is determining whether you want to have a manual brush or an electric brush. As long as you are using good fluoride toothpaste and you are brushing at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time, either will do. Ultimately, this is up to your preference and your budget. Electric brushes do much of the detail work for you. With a manual brush, you are responsible for the small micro movements that ensure successful brushing.
The next thing you want to do as you are sorting through your options is to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This means that the brush is backed by the American Dental Association, so you can be sure that it is safe and effective.
Third, you will consider the bristles on the brush. Most dentists will agree that softer bristles are better. They will do a good job of cleaning your teeth and removing plaque and other debris. Generally, you will want to choose soft bristles unless your dentist tells you that medium or hard bristles will be better for your teeth.
Fourth, consider the size of the toothbrush head. When you choose smaller heads, it will often be easier to get to the back part of the mouth to reach those teeth. Smaller heads are better for kids, as well.
Fifth, consider the brush handle that you like the best. People will often have their own preferences when it comes to the handle. You might like a thicker handle, for example. You might need to use one that is angled or that has a non-slip grip. Maybe you need to have one that has a flexible neck handle. This tends to be a matter of need and preference.
Sixth is the color or branding. While these ultimately don’t really matter from the perspective of keeping your teeth clean, they can be important when it comes to your style and aesthetic, not to mention keeping the toothbrush separated from others.
Talk with a Dentist About Your Toothbrush
If you are still confused as to which type of toothbrush will be the best solution for you or your children, don’t worry. You can always talk with your dentist. Dr Foutz provides this kind of advice all the time! They know your mouth as well as you do, and they can provide you with suggestions as to the best type of brush to use. Of course, they can also provide you with cleanings and all of the other oral health care you need. Be sure to choose a great dentist in your area.
Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074