Brushing your teeth regularly is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth, but the condition of your toothbrush is also important because it can have an impact on how effective your brushing is. Dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3 months or as soon as the bristles show signs of wear and tear such as fraying. Here are 5 things to know about choosing a toothbrush so you can be sure to pick one that is the best fit for your needs.
1. Choosing the Right Size
At a distance, all toothbrushes may look the same, but they actually come in various sizes and shapes to fit different size mouths and different needs. When choosing a toothbrush, select a size that will enable you to reach all surfaces of your teeth, especially your back molars. If you’re unsure, ask your dentist for guidance on which size will be the best fit for you.
2. Look for Soft Bristles
Choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles that will be gentle on your gums will enable you to clean your teeth without causing unnecessary irritation to your gums. Soft bristles can also help to protect the enamel or outer surface layer of your teeth from erosion.
3. Comfortable Grip
Comfort should be a priority when choosing a toothbrush because it can influence how easy and enjoyable it is to stick to your oral hygiene routine. Toothbrushes come with many different grip options, including larger ones specifically designed for conditions that affect hand grip such as arthritis or carpel tunnel, so that you can find one that is truly comfortable for you.
4. Electric vs. Regular
There are pros and cons to both electric and regular toothbrushes. Regular toothbrushes are more compact, less expensive to replace on schedule and may be more gentle on tender gums. However, studies have shown that people who use an electric toothbrush have less gum disease, less tooth decay and keep their natural teeth for longer than those who use a regular toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can also be easier for those with physical or cognitive challenges, to assist with maintaining independence in practicing good oral hygiene.
5. Compatibility with Apps
One big advantage of electric toothbrushes is that some have the capability to connect with toothbrush phone apps that can track your oral hygiene habits and provide reminder prompts and tips to improve.
If You Have More Questions
Choosing a toothbrush can be a process before you find what works best for you. So if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to bring them to your dentist. Your dentist will be happy to provide insight into what to look for to best fit your personal needs and preferences.
Call our Tempe Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.