You should never overestimate the importance of good oral hygiene. It’s not only about your oral health; oral health can affect your entire body. Gu,m disease happens to be a major risk factor for many health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.
As far back as you can remember, your parents always taught you that using a toothbrush every day is the best way to keep your gums and teeth healthy. But they never told you which tooth brush is the best. However, today we will go over some tips on choosing the best toothbrush for you. If you want a personal recommendation, make an appointment with us at our Kennewick office today.
General Tips for Choosing a Toothbrush
There are a few different things you will need to look for when you are choosing a tooth brush, it doesn’t matter if it is an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush.
This will vary from person to person. The absolute best size tooth brush will have a toothbrush head that will allow painless, yet easy access to all surfaces of your teeth. However, most adults will need a toothbrush head that’s half an inch wide. This will be the easiest to use and the most effective when brushing. However, there are other toothbrush heads that you can get if you find that this size does not work for you.
The head of the toothbrush is not the only important part either. Your handle should be long enough that your hand fits comfortably. Plus, the head of the brush should be able to reach the back of your molars as that is a hard to reach area.
If you walk into the store, you will see toothbrushes with soft, medium, and even hard bristles. For the majority of people, soft bristles will be a comfortable and safe choice. Depending on how hard you brush, the medium and hard bristles can actually damage your teeth. Therefore, to protect your gums, enamel, and root surface, it is best to stick with the soft bristles. You cannot go wrong with them at all. Not to mention, you are less likely damage your teeth.
Before purchasing your toothbrush, make sure it has an ADA seal of approval. With that seal of approval it shows that it has been under many quality tests and effectively cleans your teeth and is safe for you to use.
If you are still at a loss for what toothbrush to choose, you can always ask your dentist for his recommendation. Here at Kennewick Smiles, we’ll recommend the best toothbrush for your teeth.