Confusing, isn’t it?
The array of options available to brush your teeth, I mean. Toothbrushes have been around for many years, which means that you have lots of choices.
That’s good, but also bewildering. How do you make sure you get the right one for you?
Regular brushing is vitally important for healthy teeth but choosing the right toothbrush also makes a difference. Here are some considerations to help you make that choice.
Dental professionals spend a lot of time studying the effectiveness of toothbrushes and see the results of toothbrush use daily. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has some specific recommendations you should consider.
Manual or electric toothbrushes are both acceptable, the main thing to aim for is a soft-bristled brush. Soft bristles won’t hurt the gums or wear down tooth enamel.
No matter what toothbrush you choose, brush for a minimum of twice a day for two minutes and to ensure you’re thorough.
Every person who uses a toothbrush has some specific needs – it’s not a matter of one size fits all. For example, a child needs a smaller toothbrush. The handle design should allow a secure grip even when wet.
Older adults who have conditions like arthritis or those with disabilities may need special designs such as a larger handle or a strap to secure the brush to the hand. For children, a toothbrush of a certain colour or one that spotlights a favourite story character or action figure may encourage brushing.
In all cases, the toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months as the bristles become worn with use.
Electric vs. Manual
An electric toothbrush may be a better choice in some instances, although it will be more expensive. Whilst an electric toothbrush is no more effective than a properly used manual toothbrush, it may be easier for some people to use.
An individual with weak wrists or arthritis, for example, may find an electric toothbrush easier to use. People with traditional metal braces may find they are better able to keep all tooth surfaces clean with an electric toothbrush.
This choice is usually a matter of personal preferences rather than a health issue. Although some people find electric toothbrushes with a built in timer help ensure they’re brushing for two minutes.
The right toothbrush can improve your oral health but the most important thing is to use it twice a day for two minutes. No matter what you choose, make sure you use it correctly (check with your dentist if you’re not sure).
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