How to choose a Toothbrush?

Let’s talk about how to choose a toothbrush. After all, it is not as simple as it sounds. I mean, one cannot afford to underestimate what the right toothbrush can do for your mouth. It is a huge part of your oral health, and ultimately it is a key to your well being also. Many people do not now it but diabetes and heart problems are just two of several illnesses that can be traced back to poor oral health, and again it all begins with the toothbrush that you use.

In the 30’s nylon bristles were the thing to use, and options were not as plentiful as they are today. However, todays options can be downright overwhelming. Talking about one extreme to the next! Now not only do you have a choice in bristle, but manual and electric is available as well. Let’s look over some things that you should keep in mind when looking into what toothbrush may be right for you.

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The size of the toothbrush is a huge thing. For one you want it to be big enough for your mouth while not so big that is can’t reach the nooks and crannies. The size of the toothbrush needs to provide coverage and reach while making easy access to all of the teeth’s surfaces. Many adults find that a ½ inch toothbrush with a long handle is a perfect fit.

Now in thinking of bristles, if you are looking at toothbrushes or replacement heads you will have a choice in nylon, soft, medium or hard bristles. Many think that the hard and medium bristles will clean the mouth better, but are they healthier? I am glad that you ask.

The truth is that dentists and the ADA recommend a soft bristle to avoid damages to the teeth and gums. You should spend at least 2 full minutes rushing all of the teeth’s surfaces. If you are brushing the right way and the right amount of time your teeth will be clean even with a soft bristle, and they will be healthier! When your teeth are healthier, you are healthier.

Bow, in the choice between manual and electric, manual is oftentimes more affordable, but electric will clean better for most. However, when brushing is done the right way there is little difference in the cleanliness of the mouth. Ultimately the choice is yours, as the electric model is only a fraction more effective than the manual version.

As for toothbrush safety, make sure you are using a soft bristle and not over brushing the teeth and gums. Powered toothbrushes can help you to maintain a smoother clean while not causing harm to the mouth, but the power versions may carry more bacteria. This is not cause for alarm but is being researched, and it is something that you can keep in mind while deciding which toothbrush will better suit your individual needs. Good oral health is a priority, and whichever toothbrush you choose will provide the results that you allow it to in your oral hygiene regimen. Use it the right way, go with the guidelines of the ADA.

 

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