Happy New Year from your Harlngen dentist! The new year is a time of change and opportunities, making it the perfect time to make some changes to your dental health routine.
The most basic tool in your dental health routine is, of course, your toothbrush. That means that picking the right brush —and replacing it often enough, is a big part of protecting your teeth!
A good toothbrush is the key to good dental hygiene. Read on to learn a few things to consider before buying a new toothbrush from your La Feria dentists.
How Often Do You Need a New Brush?
For the best results, you should invest in a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Toothbrush bristles naturally wear down over time, making it difficult for a 3 month old toothbrush to remove as much plaque needed to maintain the necessary level of oral hygiene. Trading it in at the beginning of the year allows you to keep track of the life of your toothbrush easier.
Which Toothbrush Should I Pick?
We’ve established that you should buy a new toothbrush every three to four months, but it can be tricky to decide between all of the different types available. Whether you decide to get an electric, manual, charcoal-based, or any other kind of toothbrush, you can use the following criteria to find the best option for you:
- Size — in order to ensure you can easily access all parts of your mouth with your brush, it’s important not to buy a tooth brush that’s too large. Recommended head size is 1 inch tall and half an inch wide.
- Handle — The toothbrush handle should be long enough to comfortably hold in your hand and allow for easy manuevering.
- Bristle toughness — Unless recommended by your dentist, the bristles on your toothbrush should be soft. Tough bristles can damage your gums, root surfaces, and protective enamel. Needless to say they can also be very uncomfortable.
- Bristle Design — No, bristle design isn’t just there for show. The standard square design can make it difficult to reach all parts of your teeth. A criss-cross design helps lift plaque from the tooth’s surface. Wavy designs allow you to reach all the nooks and hard-to-reach places.
- Expert Approval — Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval before purchasing any toothbrush. This ensures that your toothbrush has undergone tests for cleaning effectiveness and safety.
Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes are recommended by most of the dental community. However, a manual toothbrush can be just as effective at cleaning as an electric toothbrush, if you’re brushing correctly. Below, you can see a comparison of the benefits and drawbacks of both of these popular options:
The Benefits of Using an Electric Brush
- Automated Brushing — If you have trouble brushing for the full two minutes, getting an electric toothbrush may be the upgrade you need. Some brushes even have a built-in-timer to ensure your smile is given proper attention.
- Scrubbing Movement — The fast rotation of the electric brush head does a great job at cleaning your teeth without the possible strain you’d get with a manual toothbrush.
The Drawbacks of Electric Toothbrushes
- Price of Convenience — Electric toothbrushes can be more expensive than manual toothbrushes, and the cost of replacement heads can also add up.
The Benefits of Using a Standard Toothbrush
- No Batteries or Parts Needed — The standard toothbrush can be used without having to worry about dying batteries or the cost of replacing an electric brush head.
- Same Movementt, Same Results — As long as you’re brushing in circular movements for the recommended 2 minutes, your teeth won’t notice the difference between an electric and manual brush.
- Cost Effective — Manual toothbrushes only cost a few bucks and if you follow the tips listed above while choosing one, your wallet and teeth will thank you!
The Drawbacks of Standard Toothbrushes
- Elbow Grease — Unlike the electric toothbrush, you’ll need to put in a bit of work to get that circular brush movement, which can be more challenging for some than others.
- Waiting It Out — The repetitive movement and use of your own energy to do the work can make brushing your teeth a chore, and those two minutes can turn into an eternity.
Start the Year Off Right With a Visit to Your La Feria Dentists at WhiteWing
There are a lot of advantages to getting a new toothbrush this new year, and a lot of options, too! A good toothbrush and popper brushing technique is the best way to maintain your dental health for years to come.
Another key part of necessary oral hygiene is your semi-annual dental cleanings. Reach out to us at WhiteWing Dental to make your appointment with your family dentist today.
Make your dental health a priority this year by scheduling your regular dental check-up with WhiteWing Dental.