The New Year has begun and people have a new resolve to shape up and better their health. Now is also a good time to check on the health of your toothbrush and get a new one if necessary. With all the choices available, it can be difficult to decide what type of toothbrush is best. Fortunately, there are only a few basics of which you need to be aware.
Like many products in American stores, the toothbrush aisle has a wide variety of toothbrushes from which to choose. This includes manual or disposable toothbrushes and electronic models. There are different sizes, strengths, bristle designs and angles. So how do you know which toothbrush is right for you?
Stiff vs Soft
One of the most important factors in choosing the correct toothbrush has to do with the strength of the bristles. Some individuals prefer harder bristles because they believe that this type of brush will do a better job in getting their teeth clean. In fact, studies show that a soft bristled brush is better at cleaning away plaque buildup on the teeth.
Stiffer, harder bristles are more likely to damage gums over time, erode tooth enamel and damage tooth roots. If you apply too much pressure, you can damage your gums and tooth enamel. Aggressive bushing with a hard brush can lead to erosion of tooth enamel and gum tissue and damage to the tooth roots.
Using a soft bristle toothbrush and applying a moderate amount of pressure as you clean your teeth will remove the plaque buildup and get your teeth clean and stimulate your gums to keep them healthy without doing any damage. A soft bristled toothbrush is also recommended for those with sensitivity, those who have dental erosion or if you have some type of dental fixtures.
Manual vs. Electronic
In addition to all the varieties of toothbrushes on the market, you also have the choice of getting a manual or electronic toothbrush. When used correctly, both are effective for removing plaque, which causes disease and decay.
Electric toothbrushes either vibrate or rotate the bristles. The vibrating heads are good to use in hard-to-reach places, especially for people who wear braces. Many of these types of toothbrushes also have built-in timers to ensure you are bushing adequately.
Another plus with electronic toothbrushes is that studies have shown they remove more plaque than manual brushes. However, if you are manually brushing your teeth correctly and for the recommended two minutes, you are still cleaning your teeth as effectively as with an electronic brush.
Electronic toothbrushes can be expensive and brush heads can be pricey as well. The heads should be replaced every three months, so the cost can add up. Manual toothbrushes are far cheaper and you can find them at most stores. Additionally, most dentists give you one or two manual brushes at your regular checkup.
The Bottom Line
Correct brushing and using a brush that does not damage the gum or tooth enamel will keep your teeth clean and healthy. Whether you use an electronic toothbrush or manual, it is all in the technique and timing. Make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy and in good condition by scheduling an appointment with Juban Cowen Dental Care for your checkup.