Could you imagine using anything else but a toothbrush to clean your smile? Neither can we! While toothbrushes are a common commodity, there are quite a few options to mull over when getting a new one that best suits your teeth and comfortability. We can go over some of the things that you may want to consider as you select a brush.
Go With Soft Bristles
A soft-bristled toothbrush can have the right amount of gentleness on your teeth while being tough on plaque. Hard bristles are probably a rarer find, but you may want to pass on getting one. Your enamel can be rubbed off by them, which can weaken your teeth and make them more vulnerable to cavities.
Size Can Matter
Toothbrushes can come with different sized heads, and going with the biggest may not be very helpful. Smaller heads may be a better option because they can slip into less spacious areas, such as your back teeth, and give them a good scrub. If you have a child, be sure to look for the recommended size for their age (not to mention fun and colorful, so they’ll want to brush their teeth more!).
Electric or Not
Do you wonder whether an electric brush will be more effective? Actually, both normal and electric brushes can be equally effective at cleaning plaque off, so it matters little which one you choose. On the other hand, if you have a condition that makes normal brushing difficult, then an electric brush could be the answer you are looking for. Their handles are often big, which makes them easier to hold. They are motor powered, so all you can set them where they need to be and let them do their job. If you or someone you care for does not have full mobility, electric toothbrushes are a great option. Some of them even have timers!
Some other helpful tips to follow when it comes to your toothbrush care include:
– Not sharing your toothbrush with other people. This may be an obvious one, but it still happens and can be the cause of infections or spread illnesses.
– Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when the bristles have started to wear down. New bristles will more effectively clean your smile. If you recently had some type of illness, be sure to get a new toothbrush to avoid being infected again.
– Rinse your brush thoroughly after and keep in a upright position to dry. If placed in a container next to other brushes, be sure they are not touching one another.
– Keep your toothbrush in the open to air dry and to prevent microorganisms from growing.
If you feel you could use some more guidance on how to maintain your smile, you are welcome to visit us here at Hill Family Dental in Orem, Utah. Our team can examine your smile and help you find the tools and treatments it needs to stay healthy. You can schedule a visit by calling 801-225-7110 today. We stand ready to serve you and your smile!