Choosing a Toothbrush: You’re Probably Doing it Wrong

You cannot underestimate the importance of oral hygiene. Thousands of children suffer from gum and teeth related disease. Due to extreme pain and discomfort, they are unable to eat, which results in malnutrition. Of course, brushing regularly is key to good oral health, however, if we don’t do it properly, it will be ineffective.

Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every three months because the worn out brushes are unable to clean your teeth properly. So you get yourself to a store and buy either a random one or the one you’ve been using. However, the matter of choosing a toothbrush is serious, as the wrong brush could do serious damage to your teeth and gums! So here are a few pointers you should follow when buying a toothbrush.

Choosing a Toothbrush

What should I look for in a Toothbrush?

  • Size: A good toothbrush should be able to get into all the nooks and crannies to clean your teeth. A half inch wide and a half inch tall brush should be able to accomplish that. It should also be long enough to reach the very back of your last molars and wisdom teeth. A comfortable grip is always a plus too.
  • Bristle variety: This is the most important part of your toothbrush. When purchasing a manual or a replacement head of an electric toothbrush, you can mainly find bristles of three varieties; soft, medium, and hard. They are made up of nylon bristles and what type you choose depends on you. If you are a person with sensitive teeth, it is wise to use soft bristle. However, if you want a deep clean and thorough removal of plaques and other debris, a medium bristled brush should do. I would probably not recommend a hard bristle because people tend to go overboard with it and brush too hard, which eventually causes bleeding gums. If you are using an electric toothbrush, such as Oral B toothbrush, then a sensor maybe able to stop you from brushing too hard. Moreover, if you brush your teeth too vigorously, you may damage not only the gums but also the root surface and erode enamel that preserves shine and protects our teeth from damage. Make sure to look for bristles with rounded tips for even more protection.
  • Other features: If you are not sure what to buy or what could be good for your particular condition, it is always best to ask your dentist. Another helpful pointer is that, look for toothbrushes that have gone through rigorous quality control assessments and earned the seal of approval from the American Dental Association or (ADA).

Should I buy electric or manual?

Numerous clinical studies have shown that electric toothbrushes clean more thoroughly and prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and remove plaques and prevent gingivitis than manual ones. Plus, with electric, you don’t need to worry about brushing too hard or forgetting when to change the head. Let the brush do all the work for you!