With so many shapes, colors, styles and sizes of toothbrushes available on the market today, deciding which kind to buy can be overwhelming.
Is it really possible to buy the wrong toothbrush?
Is there a science to buying a toothbrush? Is there an ideal toothbrush that’s just right for everyone? Does it matter how soft or tough the bristles are?
It turns out the answer is a combination of factors.
At Briglia Dental Group, we favor soft-bristled brushes because you can remove plaque and debris from your teeth without damaging your gums. We also recommend small-headed brushes since you can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach molars.
Some people prefer a firm brush, although generally a stiff bristle can irritate the soft tissue in your mouth. If this is the case, you should aim for the stiffest brush that’s still comfortable against your gums.
The handle should be comfortable in your hand, otherwise the temptation will be to push too hard, which goes right back to hurting your gums.
A large brush can help you get the job done faster, but if you find that the bristles are rubbing against your gums it might indicate the need to downsize to a smaller head.
Don’t forget- Replace your toothbrush when it gets worn down.
The American Dental Association recommends that we replace our toothbrushes every three months. Old toothbrushes make a wonderful trap for bacteria that you don’t want in your mouth. And because old toothbrushes tend to wear down after a few months, the bristles become less effective for cleaning your teeth.
Finally, if you have any questions about your toothbrush, remember we are always happy to help.
Call Briglia Dental Group at (610) 692-4440 to schedule your next appointment and see how our team can help you develop lifelong, healthy oral habits.