One of the most common questions we get asked by our patients at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants is about how to choose the right toothbrush. This is a great question and needs to be appropriately answered as many people tend to use the wrong kind of toothbrush.
Using a hard-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth can cause trauma to the gums and damage the teeth structure, leading to erosion and sensitivity. On the other hand, using an extra soft, old or frayed toothbrush does not clean your teeth adequately and contributes to plaque accumulation, leading to dental diseases. Therefore, choosing the right kind of toothbrush becomes imperative to maintaining good oral health. Read ahead as Dr. Sanz at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants shed light on the things to look for while picking a toothbrush.
- It would be best if you chose a toothbrush with a small head. According to research, the ideal dimensions for a toothbrush are around 21-30 mm in length and around 7-8 mm in width. A proper toothbrush head will enable you to reach all the areas in the mouth and clean much more efficiently.
- Your toothbrush should have soft but firm bristles as they are gentle on your teeth and gums while ensuring proper cleaning. One of the most recommended and efficient materials for toothbrush bristles is soft nylon.
- Although you may not have realized it yet, bristles can be straight or rounded. Choose a toothbrush with rounded bristles as they clean your teeth well while ensuring no damage to their structural integrity.
- Buy a toothbrush that has an appropriate handle length and is non-slippery.
- It is always the best idea to buy a toothbrush with ADA approval as it is a mark of quality and means that the toothbrush has passed all the tests.
- Lastly, it comes to whether you want a manual or an electric toothbrush. This genuinely depends on your personal preference and hand dexterity. The thing which matters here is using the correct brushing technique to ensure proper removal of oral debris.
So, the next time you go toothbrush shopping, we hope you will keep our tips in mind. If you have any dental conditions or are undergoing orthodontic treatments, you may need a special toothbrush. In such a situation, it is always better to ask your doctor for advice to ensure your oral health remains impeccable. If you have any questions or want to know more about our services at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants, please reach out to us.