Brushing our teeth is not something we normally put much thought into. It is something we have done since before we can remember, and has become second nature by the time we are in school. There are various things to consider when brushing our teeth, however, and one of the most important is the type of toothbrush we use. While it may seem like a simple tool that gets the job done, our gums and teeth are unique and require personal consideration. There are a few basic things to consider when choosing the right brush for you.
Electric vs. Manual
As technology continues to grow, more aspects of our life will see improvement. This includes our teeth! Manual brushes are great, but electric brushes are making serious advances. The major differences right now is that electric brushes remind the user how long they need to brush and research shows that electric brushes remove plaque and control gum disease better than manual brushes. However, many people still prefer the manual version. It really comes down to personal taste and budget with this category, but if you are suffering from plaque or gum issues, you will want to discuss your brush with a dentist.
Whether you go with an electric or manual toothbrush, there is still one very important thing to pay attention to. This would be the bristles. Many people will go with “firm” or “medium” bristles, but for most people, these are too strong. “Soft” and “extra soft” bristles are more flexible, which allows for more plaque to be cleaned without damaging the enamel and gums. Most brushes also have bristles that slightly resemble a cup shape, which is great for containing the toothpaste, and the different lengths of bristles allow for a wider range of cleaning.
Ask Barganier & LeCroy for Toothbrush Advice
We understand the importance of finding the right toothbrush for every individual. Our teeth and gums are crucial to living a quality life and we guide every patient down the best path for their personal progress. If you have any questions about choosing the right toothbrush, feel free to contact us and schedule an appointment today!