Finding the Right Toothbrush
As simple as it seems, choosing a toothbrush is an important decision when it comes to protecting and preserving your oral health. Your toothbrush is your primary instrument for removing food particles and bacteria from your teeth and gums. It is arguably your most important weapon in the fight against tooth decay. Yet, many people choose their brush based on color or what looks cool. While it is important that you like your toothbrush, there are some criteria it must meet in order to be effective.
At Clearwater Dental Associates, we want to make sure the people of Clearwater, FL are getting their teeth as clean as possible when they brush. That is why we are dedicating this blog to choosing a toothbrush.
What to Look for in a Toothbrush
All toothbrushes are not created equal. Although they certainly do not have to be high-tech or costly, your toothbrush does need to meet certain criteria to be effective at removing plaque and fighting tooth decay.
The Size of Your Brush
The or size of the head of your toothbrush is one of the determining factors when deciding whether or not a toothbrush is right for you. Most adult need a toothbrush with a head that is a half an inch wide and an inch long. If you are bigger or smaller that the average adult, then you may need a toothbrush of a different size.
Essentially, you need a toothbrush with a head that is big enough to cover the surface area of your teeth without being so big that it won’t fit into the back of your mouth to reach your molars. An overly large toothbrush will also make it difficult to brush your tongue without gagging. A toothbrush head that is too small will create a lot more work for you while increasing the likelihood that you don’t get your teeth completely clean.
The Bristles Matter
Soft, medium, and hard. Those are your choices when it comes to toothbrush bristles, but the truth is, most people will only need soft bristles. In fact, if you are using a brush with bristles that are too, you may actually be damaging your teeth and gums.
In some cases, a harder bristle may be required to get all the plaque off your teeth. If you believe this applies to you, consult us at Clearwater Dental Associates to make sure this is the right choice.
Are Electric Toothbrushes Better Than Manual?
Several studies have been conducted to determine if electric toothbrushes are any better than manual toothbrushes when it comes to removing plaque and protecting your oral health. None of the studies have been able to find any evidence that electric toothbrushes are superior to manual toothbrushes, or vice versa. It is essentially a matter of personal preference. As long as you are using proper brushing techniques, whether your toothbrush is electric or not make no difference.
However, it should be noted that if you have difficulty handling a toothbrush because of arthritis or an injury, an electric toothbrush may make brushing easier for you.
We Can Help
As important as choosing a toothbrush is, it does not have to be a difficult decision. The friendly staff here at Clearwater Dental Associates will help you with your preventive dental care choices.
Come to our office in Clearwater, FL, and will we help you keep your teeth clean by providing thorough cleanings and examinations to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.