Choosing a toothbrush might seem like a pretty simple task. After all, aren’t most brushes pretty similar? While pretty much any toothbrush will clean your teeth, some will do a more efficient job. Below, we will give you some tips so you can select the best brush for your specific needs.
Different Types of Bristles
Toothbrushes have different types of bristles. They are usually sold as a soft, medium, or hard bristles. Most dentists agree that soft-bristle brushes are best. These will effectively clean your teeth and gums while still being gentle on your mouth. Because you will be brushing frequently, you don’t want your bristles to hurt!
Does the Handle Matter?
While the toothbrush handle is clearly less important than the bristles, there are still options to consider. Select a brush handle that will be comfortable in your hand. Some handles also have tongue cleaners on the back of the brush, opposite the bristles. These are nice, but you can also just brush your tongue for the same effect.
What About Electric Toothbrushes?
Electric toothbrushes can be a good option. However, you can still get a perfectly good clean with a manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can be expensive and bulky. However, many people find them easier to use. They are especially good for people with mobility problems who might find it hard to brush their teeth otherwise. In general, the best toothbrush is the type you prefer to use.
Regardless of the type of toothbrush you get, you should always remember to change the brush (or brush head) regularly. Most people forget to do this! Dentists recommend a new toothbrush or electric brush head every three months.
Keep Visiting the Dentist
Brushing your teeth is important, but it’s only one part of a healthy oral care routine. You still need to visit the dentist every six months. Your dentist can clean away plaque that your toothbrush misses. They can also check for tooth decay and other conditions. Schedule your dentist appointment with the Pearl Modern team today. Call us at 713-766-4389.