Tips for Choosing a Toothbrush
Taking a trip to your local corner store, you may have noticed that there could be seemingly hundreds of different toothbrushes, large, small, soft, and hard. You might wonder if it really matters. Should you just get the cheapest one because they are all the same, or should you get the fanciest, most expensive one because it will clean your teeth better?
It can be hard to choose the best toothbrush for your oral hygiene care. One that balances value and effectiveness can be hard to find. Do you want an electric or a manual toothbrush? Do you want a red or a blue one (most people choose blue)? We are going to outline some tips for you to choose the right toothbrush.
- Always choose a soft bristle toothbrush. Soft bristle toothbrushes clean your teeth effectively as well as treat your gums gently. Brushes with hard bristles can pull back the gums from the teeth which can cause problems for you in the long run.
- Choose the right size for your teeth. Your toothbrush should be able to clean one to two teeth at a time. Any larger and it might be too big for your mouth, causing you to miss important crevices.
- It doesn’t matter if you use an electric toothbrush or a manual one; what matters is that you feel motivated to brush your teeth. If you need an electric toothbrush to feel that motivation, then you know what to do. However, both brushes can be used effectively to properly clean your teeth.
- Consider buying toothbrushes in packs of multiple. This will encourage you to change your toothbrush out every 3-4 months as recommended. You should be changing your toothbrush about that often so that the bristles remain intact and bacteria doesn’t get a chance to dangerously colonize your brush.
You should always brush and floss your teeth regularly. However difficult it may seem to choose the right toothbrush, don’t get confused by fancy packaging or strangely shaped handles or brush heads. What is important is that you use your brush regularly to maintain your oral hygiene.