Choosing a toothbrush should be a simple task, but a quick stroll through the dental aisle of the store can lead some consumers scratching their head. Should I pick the old-fashioned manual toothbrush I’ve always used? Or should I opt for an electric toothbrush? While you’re weighing the options of manual and electric, don’t forget to factor in bristle strength as well. The options can be exhausting, but hopefully, we can make the decision easier for you.
PREFERRED BRISTLE STRENGTH
Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small heads are also preferred, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, such as your far back teeth.
PREFERRED HANDLE SIZE
When it comes to the size of the handle and shape of your toothbrush, that’s entirely up to your preference. The best toothbrush is one that allows you to reach all of your teeth easily, so take that into consideration when choosing the right one.
SHOULD I USE AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH?
A powered toothbrush is a good alternative for people with limited manual dexterity or for those who find it difficult to brush. An electric toothbrush does the work for you, so if you don’t necessarily find brushing enjoyable, it may be the best option.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY TOOTHBRUSH?
Replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear or every three months. It’s important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold as the bristles can retain germs that can lead to reinfection.
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Whether you need a wisdom tooth extracted or a professional cleaning, Catonsville Dental Care has the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat your problem as quickly and painlessly as possible. We offer a suite of services including dental implants, cleanings, Invisalign, and routine preventative dental treatments.
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