Take a walk down the dental hygiene aisle at your local drugstore or supermarket, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the multiple choices available in today’s world of toothbrushes. You want to take care of your teeth, but do you choose a manual or an electric toothbrush? Hard, medium, or soft bristles? What is the difference, anyway? What the heck is a tongue scraper for? Why do I need a “gum stimulator”? These are questions that it wouldn’t be unreasonable to ask yourself when shopping for a new toothbrush. The answers are surprisingly simple.Choosing a new toothbrush is not rocket science, and it does not have to induce a panic attack. After all, even the wrong toothbrush is better than no toothbrush at all!
One thing that all modern toothbrushes have in common are bristles. According to dentists, soft is best. Medium and hard bristles can damage your enamel. If your toothbrush specifies, look for a toothbrush with round bristles rather than flat ones to minimize potential damage to enamel. After all, the enamel you have as an adult is all the enamel you get. If you damage or lose it, it doesn’t grow back. Once you’ve settled on bristle type, then move to the question of manual vs. Electric. When used properly, manual toothbrushes are just as effective as electric ones, though electric toothbrushes can be easier to use. Electric toothbrushes can also be a good way to coax reluctant kids into brushing their teeth, as they can be pretty fun to use. The downside to the electric route is really the cost. Even a low priced electric toothbrush is going to be significantly more expensive than the fancy-pants manual model, but the toothbrush, or at least the bristle head, will need to be replaced just as frequently as a manual toothbrush.
Why are some toothbrushes shaped differently than others? Apart from aesthetic preferences and marketing gimmicks, the shape of the head of the toothbrush may make it easier to reach posterior teach or equally give attention to all of your pearly whites. A flexible handle means you’re less likely to cause damage by over brushing, and a non-slip grip helps keep you from accidentally jabbing yourself in the face. An angled handle makes it easy to reach those hard to get-to spots, while a straight handle is easier to control.
Additionally, there are different reasons to try all those funny multilevel bristle configurations. The bottom line, though, is that all of these features come down to personal preference, as each of these bells and whistles serve a different purpose, and no one particular setup is superior to another.
Regardless of what toothbrush you choose, you should replace your toothbrush every three months to ensure optimum performance. If you have questions about your toothbrush choice, contact your Marietta dentistat J & J Dental. After all, your Mariettadental professional can help you to determine which bells and whistles will best suit your particular dental needs. Finally, remember that any toothbrush with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval is going to be a good bet.