Many patients may feel by now that brushing their teeth is like second nature. It’s something that (hopefully) everyone has been doing since they can remember. While the act of brushing may be an everyday task to you, are you sure that you are brushing with the best toothbrush for you? It can really make a huge difference in your dental health. With all of the differences in toothbrushes, including electric or manual, walking down the toothbrush aisle can be confusing. Take a look at some important aspects to pay attention to when picking out your new toothbrush!
Electric vs Manual
Probably the biggest difference between toothbrushes is that some are electric and some are manual, so we will talk about this difference first. Since electric toothbrushes have come about in the 1950s, there has been some debate about whether or not they do a better job at cleaning teeth than manual toothbrushes do. Well, the facts are in. Studies show that manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes can do the same job cleaning teeth. It really just depends on the effort that the brusher is putting in. Patients need to know the right way to brush and then it does not matter if the toothbrush is electric or manual. If you do not use the correct brushing techniques, an electric toothbrush cannot make up for the lack of care.
However, there is a case where the electric toothbrush may actually help patients get a better brushing. This is the case where a patient has difficulty using their hands, like if they have arthritis or limited motor skills. An electric toothbrush may make it easier to do a good job. This is because electric toothbrushes just need to be held in the correct positions and then they do all the scrubbing. Most have a timer and people tend to brush longer because of that.
The next aspect of the toothbrush we will talk about is bristles. You want to choose bristles that are on the softer side. Bristles that are too stiff can lead to worn down enamel and irritated gums. If gums get irritated enough, they can even begin to recess. Worn down enamel can lead to sensitivity and cavities.
Size is another important part of building the perfect toothbrush. You want to choose a toothbrush with the right size head. A head that is too large will be too difficult to maneuver around your mouth. This can lead to frequently missed spots.
The last thing to pay attention to is grip. This is especially important for those who have trouble using their hands. A thick handle with a non-slip grip is perfect. You want to be able to move the toothbrush into every area of your mouth with ease. For patients who have arthritis or other conditions that make gripping their toothbrush difficult, there are toothbrushes specially made with you in mind. They are designed so that patients can hold onto them get proper use.
Next time you are looking for a new toothbrush (which should be every two or three months), make sure you keep these ideas in mind!