Have you replaced your toothbrush lately? Are you thinking about doing so now that we asked? If you answered yes to the latter, you might also be a little overwhelmed thinking about all your options. While it’s true that the toothbrush aisle at the grocery store can be a little over the top, you should never shy away from replacing the tool you use twice (or more) a day. In fact, replacing your toothbrush should be a regular occurrence in your home, say, every three to four months. We know you probably visit us here at David C. Wood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry every six months or so, but we don’t want you to wait on swapping out that old toothbrush for a new one. So, here are some of our favorite tips to help you select a new one.
1. Look for Soft Bristles
When looking at your options in the store, you probably notice that some of them are labeled as “soft bristle” while others say “medium” or “hard.” When it comes to these selections, our best advice is to choose a soft bristle toothbrush. The softer bristles will give your teeth that gentle scrubbing while still being tough enough to fight plaque and gingivitis. On the other hand, medium and hard bristle brushes can actually do more damage to your teeth and gums and are usually best for those with dentures or implants. Additionally, brushing too hard or using a hard bristle brush might be the reason for your teeth sensitivity. So, take it easy with the pressure you’re using, and you’ll be well on your way to a happier, healthier smile.
2. Choose the Right Head
If you assume the bristles are the most important part of your toothbrush, you’re half right. The other important part is the head of the brush. The shape of a toothbrush can have a significant impact on your brushing experience. Choosing the wrong shape can make it uncomfortable for you every time your brush. So, you’ll want to choose a brush that allows the top bristles to reach the furthest points of your upper and lower molars. If you like the brush you have now, take a peek at your mouth while brushing to help determine if the shape is right. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself with a toothbrush that can’t do its job.
3. Try a Powered Toothbrush
Dental technology has come a long way, and this includes the toothbrush options on the market. For some, the manual route is the tried-and-true way. Yet, for others, a powered toothbrush seems more appealing. No matter your preference, just know that there is no particular advantage of one method over the other. In fact, studies have shown that both the manual toothbrush and the powered one have the same cleaning and scrubbing capabilities. So, at this point, it comes down to personal preference. If you like the powered scrubber during your visits, then go ahead and invest in a powered toothbrush for your home.
4. Don’t Forget the Little Ones
The little ones in your family also deserve a toothbrush that fits their mouths. This includes everyone from the infant all the way up to your teenager. Remember that as your children grow, so should their toothbrushes. If you struggle to get your child to brush their teeth, it could be that the experience isn’t pleasant. So, the next time you need to replace your own brush, take them with you and allow them to pick out a child’s brush that they like best. This will encourage a positive relationship with dental care and ensure they continue to brush their teeth.
Schedule the Whole Family
At David C. Wood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re family-oriented and have years of experience working with patients of all ages. We proudly keep the smiles on peoples’ faces around Carmel, Fishers, and Zionsville, IN. So, if you’re looking for a dental office that can treat the whole family and also provide restorative care, sleep apnea treatment, TMJ treatment, then give us a call at (317) 844-0592.