It’s easy to sway towards the toothbrush on promotion, the one with the brand name you recognise, or even the one that looks the ‘nicest’. Unfortunately, when it comes to choosing the right toothbrush for you and your family, this is not the best strategy.
At Boon Dental, we know the importance of using the right toothbrush. In this article, we share a few things to consider when making a toothbrush selection for yourself or your children.
A Toothbrush With Soft Bristles
There is a common misconception that a toothbrush with hard bristles does a better job than one with soft bristles. The reality is that a medium to hard-bristled toothbrush can do damage to the protective layer of enamel on your teeth. It can also damage your gums and other soft tissues in your mouth. This is especially true if you tend to brush your teeth with vigour.
Our dentists recommend that both children and adults use a soft-bristled toothbrush. A soft-bristled toothbrush is effective at cleaning your teeth when paired with the right technique. A toothbrush with soft bristles will also help protect the sensitive areas of your mouth.
A Toothbrush of A Suitable Size
When choosing the right toothbrush, it’s essential to select one with a brush head that fits your mouth. This allows you easy access to all your teeth. The two main types of toothbrush heads are compact and full size. A toothbrush with a compact head makes it easier to get to the hard to reach places like the teeth at the back of your mouth. This may be especially helpful if you have a small mouth.
When it comes to choosing the right toothbrush for children, it’s essential to select one that is made specifically for children. When your child begins brushing their teeth themselves, it helps to choose a toothbrush with a thicker handle. A thicker handle is easier for them to hold and manoeuvre. It goes without saying that when choosing the right toothbrush for your little one, a fun design and colour go a long way.
An Electric Toothbrush
You can effectively clean your teeth with both a manual and electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush, however, assists you in doing a thorough job. It also encourages the right brushing technique (gentle circular motions). There are many different types of electric toothbrushes with a range of features. So, it’s easy to find one that suits your specific oral health needs.
You Get What You Pay For
Considering you (should) brush your teeth twice a day, every day, and you only get one set of teeth, it’s worthwhile investing in the right toothbrush. It’s essential that your teeth get a good clean and that your enamel, gums and soft tissues in your mouth are protected from ‘toothbrush damage’. Our dentists recommend going for a reputable brand. As you need to replace your toothbrush regularly, you have the opportunity to test out different types until you find your perfect fit.
Boon Dental is here to help you with all your and your family’s dental needs. If you need advice on choosing the right toothbrush for you or your family, ask your dentist at your next dental check-up. Contact us to schedule your visit!