What Type of Toothbrush Should I be Using?

Get the most out of your oral hygiene by choosing the ideal toothbrush.

How you care for your teeth is vital to good oral health. Brushing and flossing might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people aren’t caring for their teeth the way they should. In order to get the most from your at-home oral routine, your Aiea, HI dentist offers up some tips for choosing the perfect toothbrush on your next shopping excursion.

  • We always recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush, as it’s better for removing plaque and other bacteria from your mouth. Also, opt for smaller brush heads, which can easily reach into tinier spots in the mouth (e.g. behind the molars).
  • Opt for toothbrushes that have the American Dental Association Seal of Approval to really ensure that your toothbrush has been tested and deemed effective and safe for your smile.
  • For those who have difficulty brushing such as those with arthritis or limited dexterity, an electric toothbrush can be a wonderful option. In fact, an electric toothbrush gives the proper amount of pressure needed to get teeth their cleanest, and can also be a better alternative for those who either press to hard while brushing or who aren’t getting teeth clean enough with a manual. It can also be a great option for those with braces.
  • While studies have found no difference between the effectiveness of a manual toothbrush and a powered toothbrush, a powered toothbrush might still be a better option. It may also be good for children, as they may find an electric toothbrush a bit more fun.

However, once you choose the best toothbrush for your hygiene, you won’t have this toothbrush forever. This means you need to regularly inspect your toothbrush to see if it’s time to replace it. Most toothbrush bristles begin to fray after three months of use; however, replace your toothbrush immediately when the bristles appear worn or after recovering from an illness.

While at-home oral care is certainly a major part of keeping your teeth healthy, so is seeing your Aiea dentist every six months for routine exams. If it’s time to schedule your next appointment, call our office today.