Selecting a Good Toothbrush
We’ve talked a lot lately about taking good care of your mouth, both your regular daily care and the care after you’ve had a dental procedure. One thing that is common about caring for your mouth daily or following a procedure, is a good routine of brushing. From a young age we learn that brushing is an important part of keeping our mouth healthy and free from decay and injury. So, if brushing is so important for avoiding things like tooth decay and periodontal disease, shouldn’t having the right tool be equally important? When you are standing in the grocery store or pharmacy, you may be overwhelmed with all of the toothbrush choices. How do you know if you’ve picked the right one? Here are our suggestions for selecting a good toothbrush.
Keep it Soft
Our first, and probably most important suggestion about your toothbrush is to select a brush with soft bristles. Soft bristles are more than enough to clean your teeth well. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth, are recovering from a dental procedure or are undergoing treatment for periodontal disease, soft bristles will be gentle on your teeth and gums, while still keeping your teeth clean. Many people over brush their teeth, so a toothbrush with soft bristles will reduce the damage that can be caused by brushing too much, or too hard. It may be tempting to purchase a brush with medium or hard bristles, but we don’t recommend them for any of our patients.
Smaller is Better
This does seem like a strange idea, right? Well in the case of your toothbrush, the smaller the toothbrush head, the easier it will be to get around your mouth. Shape doesn’t matter much. If you choose an oval, square or even triangle shaped toothbrush that is a personal preference. But remember, the easier it is for you to get into all the corners of your mouth, the cleaner your teeth will be, and the healthier your mouth.
Electric vs. Manual
There are a lot of good and bad things about electric toothbrushes. In general, most of our Troy dental patients don’t need an electric toothbrush. For our patients that don’t have dexterity or issues with hand and arm mobility, a manual toothbrush is just fine. However, if you have issues with hand and arm dexterity, an electric toothbrush can make it easier to brush. If you have had issues with over brushing in the past, you should avoid electric toothbrushes. They can make it easier to put too much pressure on your teeth while brushing. And, finally, there is some question whether electric toothbrushes are good for kids. For young children, who still need your help to brush, electric toothbrushes can be helpful. However, as your children start to brush on their own, we encourage manual toothbrushes so that they can learn good brushing technique.
All the Extras?
Today’s toothbrush selections come with all sorts of extra features. Rubber gum stimulating brushes, tongue scrubbers, color changing bristles, and the list goes on. Do you really need these extras, and are they worth the extra money? The fact of the matter is that none of these extra features do anymore for your mouth health, than just a plain, old, regular toothbrush. If you want to save money on a toothbrush, the one we provide at your regular check-ups will work just great.
Toothbrushes are an important part of a good oral health routine. Sometimes we are tempted by the bigger, better product. In reality, no matter what toothbrush you get, whether it’s simple or fancy, will keep your teeth clean and healthy.
I’m Looking for the Best Dentist Near Me in Troy, MI
If you have questions about a healthy routine for your teeth, or want advice on anything from toothbrushes to dental procedures, Dr. Mansky and his great team can help. To schedule a dental appointment at our Troy office, please call us today at (248) 689-5508.