Some things are so basic, it’s easy to forget how important they are. Buying the right toothbrush, whether for yourself or family members, is one of the things we take for granted, and do with little thought. Yet, when it comes to long-term oral health, choosing the right toothbrush for everyone in your family is very important.
How to Pick the Right Toothbrush
There is no “One-size-fits-all” or “One-type-fits-all” in toothbrushes today. It seems almost too obvious to say, but we still must be reminded that, different people of different ages will need different types of toothbrush for the best possible cleaning and maintenance of their teeth, gums, and mouth. So, let’s look at a few important factors for buying the right toothbrush:
- Fit – How well the toothbrush fits your mouth is the first thing to consider. They come in large, medium, and small and the size of the mouth for which it the brush is being bought determines the right size and fit. Different types of toothbrushes also provide a variation of angles, which may work better for different people in your family.
- Bristles – The bristles on a toothbrush are just as important as the fit. While they are available in hard, and medium, we recommend avoiding the harder types because they will only clean the rounded surface of your teeth. Instead, your bristles should be soft or extra, so they can reach and curve around your teeth and do a better job of cleaning them.
- Electric – While a traditional, manual toothbrush is fine for most people, you may decide an electric brush is better for you and your family. Either way, always consider size, fit, and bristle strength when choosing the heads of an electric toothbrush.
- Replace often – Finally, your toothbrush (or electric brushing head) should be replaced every 4-6 weeks. Contrary to popular belief, your toothbrush will not last forever, or for years, or even for months. The bristles wear out and become too soft, they become worn out, and simply cease to do doing a good job cleaning your teeth.
Ultimately, the most important factor in maintaining oral health and a bright smile is how often and how much time you spend brushing your teeth. Whether you use a manual or electronic toothbrush, you should always brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes. You need to be able to spend the proper amount of time brushing to make sure you can clean your teeth.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.