Different Types of Toothbrushes
Hinsdale dentists often remind us that oral health begins with our daily hygiene regimen. It is through regular (twice daily) brushing that we maintain the over-all health of our mouth, and prevent bacteria from developing. This is common knowledge. However, how do we know which toothbrush is right for us?
Over the last 40 years, a dizzying array of oral implements has entered the market. Each comes with its own unique bristle design and color scheme, promising to eradicate all cavities with a few brush strokes a day. With so many options available to us, it makes sense that many people have trouble deciding which toothbrush is “the best for them”.
Despite the radical differences in appearance that toothbrushes can have, the effectiveness of any implement to clear plaque and keep the mouth clean is much more reliant on how you use it rather than what it looks like. So, if you just remember to brush softly, twice a day, for at least two minutes per session, you should be fine. That being said, deciding which toothbrush to use is really a question of your own personal comfort. Fortunately, when you approach the subject from that simple viewpoint, the choices get much easier.
There are really only three things that you have to consider:
You must first take into account the size of the head of the toothbrush as well as the length of the bristles. Some toothbrushes might be too big for your mouth, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You just need to make sure that the brush can reach all of your teeth without it being uncomfortable.
As I mentioned before, the design or “shape” of the bristles means very little as far as how effectively they clean the mouth. However, you may find that having bristles with a more “cupped” design allows you to clean around the tooth a little better. If you find a particular shape of bristle/brush that leaves your mouth feeling cleaner, then stick with it! The only way to know if a toothbrush is right for you is to try it.
Most toothbrushes will list a classification of the “stiffness” of their brushes in terms of soft, medium, or hard. Many people think that the stiffer the bristle, the better the toothbrush is; that is a myth. The reality is that for those of us with more sensitive teeth and gums, hard bristles actually damage our mouth . If you are unsure if you have a sensitive mouth, you never have to be afraid of asking your doctor for their advice.
In summary, choosing the right toothbrush is a matter of comfort. The more comfortable your tooth brush is, the more likely you are to brush regularly (and correctly). If you are ever in doubt about what you should be looking for in an oral health implement, just remember that your dentist is only a phone call away.