Your dentist recommends you brush your teeth at least twice a day, and ideally after each meal. But, have you asked which toothbrush you should be using? Most stores carry dozens of different toothbrushes – firm and soft, manual and electric – how do you choose between the different brushes?
The first thing you should check when selecting a brush is that the brush carries the ADA seal – brushes with the ADA seal are known to be both safe and effective – the bristles should be safe, rounded to avoid damaging your gum tissue, and firmly attached to ensure they don’t fall off.
Once you’ve eliminated non-ADA brushes, the second decision is typically deciding between manual and electric. This is largely a personal decision – both can be effective. Some people prefer manual toothbrushes because they’re less expensive. Electric toothbrushes can help patients who brush too hard, because they can rely on the rotation of the toothbrush to clean teeth rather than pushing on the brush. The act of pushing can hurt gum tissue, so patients who are inclined to push hard may want to select an electric toothbrush to minimize the amount of pushing involved.
Once you’ve selected the style of brush, the next choice will be the type of bristles. Most dentists recommend soft bristled brushes – soft bristle brushes are still able to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth, but are less likely to damage gum tissue. Because gum tissue is delicate and can be permanently damaged by aggressive brushing, you should always try to brush gently, and soft bristles can help ensure you are gentle on your gum tissue.
Finally, when selecting a brush, choose one with a brush head that is size appropriate – you’ll want to ensure that it fits comfortably in your mouth, and that you can reach all sides of all teeth, including to the rear of your mouth. If the brush head is too large to fit comfortably between your cheek and teeth, choose a smaller brush. If it’s too short to reach the rear of your mouth, choose a longer brush handle.
If you have questions about choosing the right brush, or if you want a dentist’s opinion about a specific brush, talk to your dentist. They often have specific recommendations for patients, and should be happy to talk to you about the pros and cons of different brushes.
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