November 1st is a small holiday with a special place in the hearts of dentists like us across the country—it’s National Brush Your Teeth Day! What better way to promote healthy smiles all around than a day dedicated to brushing your teeth? We love to show our patients the best toothbrushes to use according to their unique dental hygiene needs. So to celebrate, we’ll tell you how to find your perfect toothbrush!
What Kinds of Toothbrushes Are There?
What’s the need for multiple kinds of toothbrushes, and what are they? Everyone has a different set of needs for their toothbrush shape, size, and bristle type for what their teeth and gums need to be healthy and clean.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before we continue:
- The right toothbrush should fit in your mouth easily and comfortably.
- Brushes that are too large for your mouth will likely be uncomfortable. Bigger isn’t always better.
- The average toothbrush to fit an adult mouth is up to an inch long.
- The handle on your toothbrush should be long enough to reach the back of your molars while still fitting comfortably in your hand.
- For your children, pick ADA-approved children’s toothbrushes with soft bristles that are meant to fit their mouths—not adult toothbrushes!
What Kind of Bristles Do I Choose?
Toothbrush bristles vary in softness, density, and length. Soft bristles are the best option for most people, and most people apply plenty of pressure when they brush. If brushers with a heavy hand use a normal-to-stiff bristled brush, they might experience discomfort in their teeth and gums.
Be sure to search for toothbrushes with bristles that have rounded ends, which are gentle on your gums while effectively cleaning your teeth!
Should I Select An ADA Approved Toothbrush?
We definitely recommend that you only select toothbrushes stamped with the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. Why is this important? Because the ADA keeps patients’ oral hygiene optimal by testing the safety and efficacy of toothbrushes. The ADA has high standards for toothbrushes, and they only grant their approval for brushes that meet that criteria. Remember that you will not find ADA-approved toothbrushes in every store, so you can make sure to find one that sells them!
Which Is Better: Manual or Electric Toothbrushes?
The data collected from dental tests and trials have determined that both manual and electric brushes help prevent gum disease and remove plaque and cavity-causing bacteria—though electric typically does edge out manual. If you do opt for electric, choose a toothbrush with rotation oscillation.
How Often Should I Switch Out My Toothbrush?
We recommend you get a new toothbrush once every three months. This prevents the buildup of plaque, debris, and bacteria, and it helps you to keep your bristles in tip-top shape. Remember that brushing harder is not better—you’ll only cause damage by creating too much friction!
Are you looking for the perfect toothbrush for your dental care routine and need a little expert advice? Contact us—we would be happy to answer your questions or help you set up an appointment. We hope to hear from you soon, and happy National Brush Your Teeth Day from LeCroy Dental!