Everything You Need to Know About Toothbrushes
If you go to the toothbrush section in the store, you will see many different kinds available and each one claims to be the best. Choosing the right one for you may be difficult if you start reading the packaging on each one. The good thing is that you don’t have to be confused anymore. The following is everything you need to know about toothbrushes and how to choose the right one:
Soft Bristles vs Hard Bristles
You will notice that there are a wide variety of toothbrushes that have either or soft bristles or hard bristles. While you can’t take one down and try it out in the store, you will find that softer bristles are often better for the gums. Those with harder bristles may actually cause inflammation of the gums or further the risk of gingivitis.
There are also toothbrushes with handles of different sizes and shapes. It can get very confusing to read how each one can benefit you. Instead, find one with a handle that is comfortable in your hand and comfortable to use. If you choose one that is not, you will be less likely to use it.
Electric vs Traditional
While there is no evidence that an electric toothbrush will prevent cavities better than a traditional toothbrush, the electric toothbrush can simply make brushing easier and, for kids, it is often more fun. In fact, as the toothbrush bristles will vibrate and rotate, it will more than likely allow your children to brush their teeth more thoroughly.
When to Change Your Toothbrush
It is recommended by the American Dental Association to change your toothbrush at least every three or four months or when it becomes clear that the bristles are damaged. You may also wish to change it if you have been sick or have problems with bacteria in your mouth. Sounds of a bacterial overgrowth include bad breath and inflammation of the gums.
When you are shopping for a new toothbrush, do not get overwhelmed by everything you see. The important thing is to find one that is going to be comfortable for you to use and one that will get your teeth clean. You will also want to make sure that the toothbrush you choose has the seal of approval from the ADA. As long as you follow these steps and use your toothbrush two to three times a day, you will find that your selection will help you to have better oral hygiene.