Have you ever stood in the toothbrush aisle overwhelmed and not knowing which products to choose? This is a common problem for many people and out of habit, people don’t switch up the products they are using. Brushing your teeth is part of your daily routine and good oral health can help reduce a variety of non-dental related diseases. There are many easy ways to enhance your brushing routine and make sure you get the most out of the time you spend.
According to the experts at King Town Dental, here are some easy tips and tricks on choosing the best toothbrush:
Opt for Soft Bristles
Even though you may feel that your medium or hard bristle brush does a better job at cleaning your teeth, soft bristled brushes have shown to be more beneficial in the long term. Hard bristled brushes often make cleaning more sensitive areas of the mouth, such as the gums, more difficult since people will avoid these areas due to discomfort. Not brushing the edge of the gums properly can lead to gingivitis and eventually periodontal disease if left untreated. Softer bristles are gentler on sensitive gums, while still being effective at removing harmful plaque and bacteria.
Everyone’s mouth is different, and that means that the ideal shape of toothbrush is different too. Choose a shape that is big enough to be able to brush two teeth at a time, while still small enough to reach your back molars. To check this, look in the mirror next time while brushing your teeth to make sure you are reaching all the most important areas. If you have trouble holding your toothbrush at a forty-five-degree angle, it might be time to reassess the handle you are using. Opt for a non-slip handle if you have trouble keeping your toothbrush straight, or a flexible handle to be able to effectively reach your back molars.
How often should you replace your toothbrush? The standard answer is every three months, or when your toothbrush is starting to look worn out and frayed, but there are other circumstances that may lead you to replace your toothbrush sooner. If you have just recovered from the common cold or flu, consider replacing your toothbrush sooner, as it can become a breeding ground for germs, fungus, and bacteria that may lead you to re-infection.
Additional Tips & Tricks
Don’t think you are brushing your teeth for long enough? Try setting a timer! The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, two times per day. If you struggle with this, you may want to also consider purchasing an electric toothbrush that automatically stops when two minutes have passed. This way, you will ensure you are properly removing all plaque and food to maintain optimum oral health.
Reviewing your current toothbrush and choosing a toothbrush that’s right for you can make a dramatic difference in your daily oral care routine. Find out more about our dental services by visiting our website or giving us a call today at 905-434-5500.