One of the most fundamental practices is brushing your teeth twice a day when it comes to caring for your teeth. This practice ensures that you are removing plaque and keeping your teeth clean. However, many people wonder what type of toothbrush they should use to brush.
There are many options today, but Lovett Dental Northside wants to help you pick the right one. Contact us today at 713-691-5551 to learn more about how our general dentistry services can keep your teeth healthy.
Things to Consider When Buying a Toothbrush
Picking out a toothbrush seems like a simple task at first. However, buying one can be more complicated than you initially thought, thanks to all the different types of toothbrushes available. From the size of the handle and its design to the operation and color, there are many toothbrushes choices.
Whichever toothbrush you select, dentists recommend that you replace it every three months. If you purchase an electric toothbrush, replacement brushes are available, and you should change them regularly.
Getting the best toothbrush for your needs will help prevent gum recession and other dental issues. Talk to your dentist today about recommendations.
Types of Toothbrushes
Toothbrushes are available in three different bristles: soft, medium, and hard. In general, dentists often recommend soft bristles to help remove plaque. This type of brush does not damage gums or the surface of teeth. Bristle designs vary and include dome bristles, flat bristles, angled bristles, and rippled ones. You need to choose one that works for you. No style is best for all. What matters most is that you like and use the brush regularly.
A large toothbrush head might make brushing more difficult. A brush with a smaller head can get into hard-to-reach areas, such as the back teeth. Having a brush with a smaller head also makes it easier to maneuver.
The toothbrush handle is arguably just as important as the bristle type since it affects your ease of use. Some toothbrushes are more comfortable to grip and might work better for those with arthritis or mobility issues. Non-slip surfaces and flexible brush necks are standard designs. They may enhance the cleaning process, but they’re not necessary to achieve clean teeth.
Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance if you want a lasting toothbrush that won’t damage your teeth or gums. This seal of approval should be right on the packaging.
Should You Choose Manual or Electric?
An alternative to the manual toothbrush is the electric toothbrush. This type of brush usually uses a battery to clean your teeth effectively. The bristles move back and forth on their own, so you get more work done with the same amount of effort.
Children and those with compromised wrist and hand movements do well with the electric toothbrush. It is often easier to brush hard-to-reach places with electric toothbrushes since electric toothbrushes get to these areas with speed and efficiency.
Those with arthritis or a wrist injury will appreciate the speed of the electric brush. There is less strain on the wrist, as the brush’s design makes brushing fast and efficient.
Some people prefer holding an electric toothbrush, which feels more comfortable in their hands.
Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy With Regular Exams
Exams can spot trouble with your gums. Dentists score gums according to numbers in millimeters. A score of 2 (millimeters) means that you have healthy gums. A number greater than three might be worrisome. A gum number of 5 means there’s a problem, so taking care of your gums is essential. Periodontists can recognize gum issues.
Our services include:
- Teeth cleaning and dental exams
- Fluoride treatments
- Root canals and extractions
- Oral surgery
- Dental bonding
We also have experienced pediatric dentists for your children. Specialists, such as endodontists and orthodontists, are also available.
Why wait until there is a problem to schedule your exam? Regular brushing with your favorite toothbrush will help prevent cavities, and regular exams can spot them before they become problematic. Contact Lovett Dental Northside at 713-691-5551 to get a healthier mouth and smile.