I’ve had several patients say to me, “Help! I’m so confused in the toothbrush aisle at the store! Which brush should I buy?? There are so many choices! Which one is best?! Isn’t it true the harder the bristle, the cleaner my teeth will be?” There ARE a lot of choices and it IS very confusing! I feel your pain! So here are a few pointers on choosing a great manual toothbrush to ease your mind the next time you find yourself in the toothbrush aisle.
To begin, let me say I’m huge advocate of electric toothbrushes. I feel like they do a fabulous job, and they move faster than we can possibly move as humans, so they remove more plaque. But some people prefer a manual toothbrush and that’s okay! Or maybe you use a manual toothbrush in-between using your electric one. Either way, there are some things you need to know the next time you have to throw away that old brush and pick up a new one.
There are two main things to consider when you are shopping for a new toothbrush. First, consider the SIZE of the toothbrush head. The smaller, the better. Some folks think the bigger the brush head, the faster they can get the job done! You may get finished sooner, but your teeth probably won’t be as clean! The smaller, or “compact”, toothbrush heads get into all of the little nooks and crannies. They can go where those larger heads cannot, so they will remove much more food and plaque than the larger ones.
Second, consider the BRISTLES. Say NO to the medium and hard brushes! Just say NO. They’re great for scrubbing an old shoe, or maybe the floor but NOT your gums. Go for SOFT or EXTRA SOFT. I’ve had patients tell me they just don’t “feel” like the soft will get the job done. Well, trust me on this, it WILL. And your gums will thank you. Medium to hard bristled toothbrushes can cause trauma and gum recession. Be sure you are replacing your toothbrush at least every three months, or if you have been sick. This ensures your bristles are not frayed and are doing a thorough job. Break the habit, buy the soft bristled brush.
If you would like more information on choosing a toothbrush or have any questions, give us a call! We’d be happy to talk to you.