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Brushes and Bristles: Choosing the Right Toothbrush (TOOTHBRUSHES)

Author: 18 June 2017 No Comment

It’s a common scene – you walk into the oral care aisle at the department or grocery store, and you’re overwhelmed by the selection of toothbrushes. Manual or powered, hard or soft bristles, long or short handle… the variety can be dizzying and leave you confused about what’s best for you.

The short answer is… there is no right answer for everyone! A lot of your toothbrush selection should involve finding something that is comfortable for you – something that doesn’t irritate your mouth, cause you pain, and leaves you feeling like all of your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned. And once you find something you like, try to stick with it. But in order to get there, you may have some important questions, and today we’re going to try to answer them.

What Type Of Bristles Should I Get?

The first stop for this question is your dentist – they know your mouth better than almost anyone, and can make a great recommendation on whether you should be using soft, medium, or firm/hard bristles. Additionally, a lot of this choice rests on the sensitivity of your gums. You definitely don’t want a brush that’s going to hurt your mouth and cause you to avoid brushing your teeth. (TOOTHBRUSHES)

That said, many dental professionals agree that soft-bristled, small-headed brushes are best for keeping your mouth free of plaque and bacteria, because they can cover those hard to reach places and won’t irritate most peoples’ gums.

Should I Use A Powered Or Manual Brush?

Manual brushing is a classic, and it’s also the most affordable kind of toothbrush available. Your dentist most likely gives you a new manual brush after every cleaning, and you can replace them cheaply and easily at any grocery or department store.

That said, powered toothbrushes can be a big step up when it comes to keeping your mouth clean, because the electronic motor can agitate the brush more quickly than you can on your own. Additionally, powered toothbrushes are a great alternative for individuals that have difficulty brushing, such as in cases of limited dexterity or fine motor skills.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

No matter what kind of toothbrush you use, it has one job – to keep your mouth clean and free of harmful bacteria. Over time, the bristles on your brush will wear down and collect bacteria from the air in your home. A worn-out brush won’t do as good of a job at cleaning your teeth, so a general rule of thumb is to replace your brush every three months or when it shows noticeable wear, whichever comes first.

Additionally, it’s important to note that any time you are sick – with a cold, the flu, etc. – you should replace your toothbrush immediately. Otherwise, you may be at risk for reinfection, since your brush may collect germs while you’re feeling under the weather.  (TOOTHBRUSHES)

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