From a young age we are all advised on the importance of good oral hygiene and how using a toothbrush regularly helps to remove plaque and bacteria which if left can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. However, over the past few years the number of toothbrushes available has increased dramatically and it is very easy to become overwhelmed by the vast array now available in the supermarkets and pharmacies. So which toothbrush is best?
In this month’s blog, we will look at some key characteristics you should consider when buying a toothbrush.
It is best to choose a toothbrush with a small head as this will enable you to reach all areas of your mouth and clean hard to reach areas such as the sides and backs of your molars. The toothbrush should have a long enough handle so you can comfortably hold it in your hand.
- Bristle Variety
A toothbrush with soft to medium bristles will provide the most comfortable clean. If you pick a brush with hard bristles it is very easy to cause damage to your teeth and gums by over brushing. In the long term, this could lead to toothbrush abrasion, where the enamel on the teeth is worn away and once the enamel is worn away it cannot be replaced.
There have been numerous studies which have looked at the effectiveness of electric Vs manual toothbrushes and none have found that either is significantly better. Whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush does not matter the key is tha you brush your teeth at least twice a day using an effective brushing technique to remove plaque.
The most important factor when choosing a toothbrush is whether you are going to use it and use it well. Some people prefer the clean from a manual toothbrush, others feel that an electric toothbrush cleans better. If you are comfortable and enjoy using your toothbrush you are more likely to use it for the recommended length of time
No matter what type of toothbrush you choose you should ensure that you change it every three months or sooner if the bristles become worn or splayed to ensure that you are cleaning effectively.
Remember for every brush there is a season
If you are still unsure do not hesitate to ask the dentist or hygienist when you next attend for an appointment and they will be able to advise you on the best toothbrush to meet your needs. Call Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre on 01622 682029 to book an appointment today.