How to Buy a Dentist-Approved Toothbrush
With such a large range of toothbrushes in stores, it is not easy to work out which is the best option for you. Take a look at the features that dentists recommend when it comes to toothbrushes so that you can find one that can adequately care for your teeth and gums.
Electric vs Manual Toothbrushes
The first decision you need to make is whether you prefer a manual or an electric toothbrush. If you have no strong preference, then it might be worth noting that many dentists suggest using an electric toothbrush to get a better clean.
Electric toothbrushes vibrate or rotate at a much higher speed than a human can move a manual toothbrush. Every stroke of the bristles helps to remove plaque from the surface of the tooth. As long as you remember to keep your electric toothbrush charged, it could provide a superior clean to a manual brush.
Whichever type of toothbrush you use, it is important to be sure to brush for enough time and clean the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Most electric toothbrushes contain a timer to help you know how long you should spend brushing each part of your mouth.
Bristles: Hard or Soft
If you have sensitive gums or teeth, it is a good idea to choose a toothbrush that has extra soft bristles. On the other hand, people who struggle to get a thorough clean might prefer a toothbrush that includes some longer, firmer bristles, which can reach between your teeth to get rid of plaque. Note that using this type of toothbrush is not a substitute for flossing or using an interdental brush to clean between the teeth.
Whatever type of bristles you prefer, you should be sure to avoid pressing your toothbrush too hard against your teeth. Even soft bristles can scratch enamel if you apply excessive force. Pressing your toothbrush too hard can also cause the bristles to wear down very quickly so that you need to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head sooner than you expect.
How Often to Replace
You should replace your manual toothbrush, or equip your electric toothbrush with a new head when the bristles splay or become discoloured. Be sure to check your toothbrush bristles frequently, as brushing with a worn-out brush can lead to plaque building up on your teeth, leaving you at a higher risk of decay.
Speak with a dentist for more help.