How To Choose The Right Toothbrush

Learn how to choose the perfect toothbrush.

One of the most important aspects of oral health is brushing your teeth on a daily basis.  When brushing your teeth, you want to make sure you are using an effective tool.  Not every toothbrush is made the same, so you want to take your time when selecting one.  Luckily, there are a few simple tips you follow so that you can choose the perfect toothbrush.

Focus On The Head And Bristles

One of the most important aspect of choosing a toothbrush is the brush head and bristles.  You want to choose a brush with soft bristles because they are effective at removing bacteria and plaque.  Hard bristles can damage the gum line and cause it to pull back from teeth, which can lead to tooth sensitivity.  It is best if your choose a brush with a small head because it will be easy to reach the teeth in the back of your mouth.

Electric or Manual

When it comes to selecting a toothbrush, you want to go with an electric device because it is more effective at removing plaque compared to a manual brush.  A powered toothbrush is effective for anyone with limited mobility, such as those with arthritis. You do not have to move your arms and hands nearly as much with a powered device compared to a manual toothbrush.  If you have braces or misaligned teeth, it is best to use an electric toothbrush for removing plaque.

Know When To Replace

One of the key elements of choosing a toothbrush is knowing when to replace your current device.  It is best to replace your toothbrush, or brush head on a powered device, when the bristles have become worn.  You should replace your toothbrush or brush head every three to four month because they will become less and less effective.  Make sure to replace your toothbrush after you get over a cold because your brush harbors bacteria.

Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care

Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

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