How Do I Choose a Toothbrush?

How Do I Choose a Toothbrush?

Posted by Dr. Thomas Flavin Feb 17,2022

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Choosing the right toothbrush is an important aspect of dental health. It can help you attain and keep a clean and healthy smile.

Toothbrush Basics

There are different types of toothbrushes, but the most important thing to consider when choosing a toothbrush is how often you brush and the type of bristles on the brush. If you brush your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time, any soft-bristled toothbrush will work. However, if you tend to rush through brushing or only brush once a day, you may want to choose a toothbrush with extra-soft bristles. Hard-bristled toothbrushes are appropriate if you have braces or other orthodontic appliances. No matter what type of toothbrush you choose, be sure to select one that is ADA-approved and has the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the label. The seal lets you know the toothbrush meets ADA standards for safety and effectiveness.

Toothbrush Head

An electric toothbrush has a larger head compared to a manual toothbrush, which makes it easier to clean your teeth. The head of the brush is also angled to make it easier to reach your back teeth. Some toothbrushes have bristles that are too abrasive for your gums and can cause gum recession. Look for an electric toothbrush that is gentle on your gums and has soft bristles. You should also avoid brushing too hard, as this can wear down the enamel of your teeth and cause sensitivity issues. Also, make sure you select the right size for your teeth and gums. If you have a small mouth, opt for a smaller toothbrush head, so it is easier to maneuver in tight spaces.

Your dentist will also recommend a few different types of toothpaste for you to try at home. Many people prefer one type over another, so try several brands until you find the type and flavor you enjoy the most. Be mindful that whitening products are not recommended for all patients. These products can strip the healthy layer of enamel from your teeth, leaving them vulnerable. Whitening products are also not permanent, which is frustrating for patients who want a long-term solution. Instead, talk with your dentist about professional teeth whitening treatments. These treatments are safer and can give you the white smile you desire.

Most importantly, make sure you replace your toothbrush every three months. After this time, your toothbrush no longer effectively removes plaque or bacteria from your teeth and gums. You could also be scratching off pieces of your tooth’s enamel as you brush. This can lead to sensitivity and cavities. Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time will effectively remove your plaque and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

To learn more, contact Healthy Smiles of Saint Louis at 4224 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63109, or call (314) 832-1366. 

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