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Picking the Perfect Toothbrush

June 20, 2016

Do you pick your toothbrush to match the bathroom decor?  Or because it fits your hand well?  Or, perhaps, you received a coupon? 

How many of us know the difference in the many toothbrushes available?  There are a variety of bristles. Some have curves, tongue scrapers, indicators or covers.   If you went to 3 different dentists in one day, you may very well get 3 different opinions. How do you choose the right toothbrush for you and your family? 

Picking the Perfect Toothbrush

Do you pick your toothbrush to match the bathroom decor?  Or because it fits your hand well?  Or, perhaps, you received a coupon? 

How many of us know the difference in the many toothbrushes available?  There are a variety of bristles. Some have curves, tongue scrapers, indicators or covers.   If you went to 3 different dentists in one day, you may very well get 3 different opinions. How do you choose the right toothbrush for you and your family? 

Let’s talk about the different types of heads on toothbrushes. Size is the first thing to consider; it determines how far the brush will reach in your mouth. Remember:  get one that will reach all the hard-to-reach spaces. Smaller heads are for people with little mouths, such as teenagers and women. A large brush head works best for most male adults and larger mouths. You want to find a brush with as many rows of bristles as possible. More bristles = better results.

And speaking of bristles...it's the most important part of the toothbrush.   Bristles run the gamut--extra soft to hard--for both manual and electric toothbrushes. Depending on how vigorously you brush your teeth and the strength of your teeth, medium- and hard-bristled brushes could actually damage the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel.  Soft bristle has an average bristle diameter of 0.007″; if the gums are healthy, this size will fit under the gums with ease, causing no harm. Getting into the crevices and grooves is important for healthy gums; the soft bristle is the perfect size for this as well. This bristle will go in deeper without causing damage or pain. All in all, the soft bristle does the best cleaning in difficult places, and causes the least damage and pain to healthy gums.

Now that we covered the bristle section, let’s move on to a more modern topic -- electric or manual? Other than the convenience of having something do the work for you, are there benefits to using an electric over manual? The manual toothbrush has had a winning track record for decades and it costs less.

Manual brushes are kid-friendly.  Nowadays, children can choose a toothbrush with their favorite character. Manual brushes are safe and effective once the child learns the proper way to use them. With the manual brush, it’s easy to brush one's teeth and know the pressure you are using. This offers more damage control to the teeth and gums.

Many times an electric toothbrush is the best choice with several advantages over a manual. People with disabilities, less strength in their hands or limited coordination may all benefit from electric.  Also, an electric toothbrush helps you brush for 2 minutes as many have built in timers.

Once you determine the needs, you can pick the right toothbrush.  In your favorite color, of course. 


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