Back in 3500 BCE, the only choice you had to brush your teeth was a stick with a frayed end. Nowadays, we are fortunate to have a variety of toothbrushes to choose from on market shelves.
Since frayed sticks will never get an American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, your respectable McAllen dentists at WhiteWing Dental will provide some simple steps to help you select the best type of toothbrush for your oral care necessities.
How to Pick the Best Toothbrush For You
Picking out the best toothbrush for you can be easy with the following steps.
Step One – The Choice Between Manual or Electric/Battery-Powered: As long as you devote two minutes, twice a day, every day, using fluoride toothpaste, it does not matter. However, you might be better off with a powered toothbrush if you:
- Have limited manual ability
- Have the tendency to brush too aggressively
- Need help making sure you brush for the right amount of time
- Are advised by your dentist to clean your teeth better
Most electric toothbrushes give you a heads up when you have brushed for at least two minutes—some notify you when you have brushed all four quadrants of your teeth for 30 seconds.
Step Two – Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance: It’s in your best interest to use a toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
This ADA seal gives the confirmation that independent experts verify the brush’s safety and effectiveness. The requisites ADA-approved toothbrushes meet generally go past what government laws require.
Step Three – Go For the Greatest Kind of Bristles: Many dental professionals are on the same page – soft-bristled toothbrushes are best for teeth, especially for getting rid of plaque and debris.
A soft-bristled toothbrush should do the trick when you brush your teeth thoroughly for two minutes.
Medium and stiff bristles may be too difficult on your gums and enamel. Unless your dentist suggests brushing with a medium or hard toothbrush, you should be fine sticking with a soft brush.
Step Four – Pick the Toothbrush Head’s Size: Small-headed brushes can have better access to all regions of the mouth – including hard-to-reach back teeth.
You might also want to consider checking with your dentist to figure out if you need any specific toothbrush where the bristles have a particular pattern or are tapered on the head.
Step Five – Choose a Brush Handle That Is Ideal for You: Based on your situation, you might need a handle with a certain angle, non-slip grip, or flexible neck.
Step Six – Go for Your Favorite Color Toothbrush: Make cleaning your teeth fun. By the time you narrow down your options, the rest is up to you!
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
It is vital to change your toothbrush after getting over a cold. If you don’t, your brush bristles might have germs buildup, resulting in reinfection.
Otherwise, replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head when:
- It starts showing wear-and-tear
- You have used it for three months
If you’re worried about forgetting this, here’s another way to remember: whenever you pull out a brand new toothbrush or powered brush head, mark it in your calendar three months from that day to replace your brush.
As long as you take it step-by-step, picking the most effective and most comfortable toothbrush for you should be a cakewalk.
Unless you go for a powered brush, the manual toothbrush you use will more than likely be an ADA-approved small-headed, soft-bristled brush with a good grip in your favorite color. Or you can go ahead and purchase a selection of brushes in multiple colors. After all, you should use at least four toothbrushes per year.
Need help figuring out which toothbrush to buy? Stop by at WhiteWing Dental to learn more!
At the end of the day, your tooth brushing experience shouldn’t be a drag, it should be fun! Sometimes a better toothbrush is the tool you need for a healthier mouth.
If after reading this you still cannot make up your mind, feel free to reach out and schedule your dental appointment in our McAllen office today.