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How to Choose the Right Toothbrush

November 15, 2018

With the holidays right around the corner, you want to ensure your teeth stay in tip-top shape so you can enjoy all the delicious food, desserts especially. We know you'll be chowing down on all sorts of food including candy, bread, and wine in the upcoming months and we don't blame you!

But you should ensure your teeth are staying clean - nothing is worse than getting a cavity or having to make an emergency dentist appointment. The best way to keep your teeth clean is by making sure you have the best toothbrush for your needs.

Think you're in need of a new one? You've come to the right place. We'll tell you how to choose the right toothbrush so your teeth will stay clean, healthy, and you can enjoy all the holiday goodness. Check it out below!

Types of Toothbrushes

We've come a long way since the first toothbrush was invented. Now, instead of one option, you have a variety to choose from.

Electric Toothbrush

An electric or powered toothbrush differs from a manual due to the power used in the toothbrush head. Keep in mind that while some brands differ in the way the powered toothbrush works, they ultimately do the same thing.

While some early reports claimed powered toothbrushes cleaned teeth the same as using a manual brush, more recent reports are showing different results.

Most people enjoy an electric toothbrush over a manual because it runs for the recommended amount of time someone should brush their teeth. These are also good choices for people who need help brushing their teeth due to arthritis or dexterity issues. People with braces or uneven teeth surfaces could also benefit from an electric toothbrush.

Pick Soft Bristles

Whether you pick a powered or manual toothbrush, you need to make sure the head has soft bristles. These work best when it comes to getting rid of debris and teeth plaque. In addition to soft bristles, most professionals recommend finding one with them rounded.

Once you find one with soft, rounded bristles you can choose the style. This comes down to comfort. You can pick between:

A toothbrush with hard bristles can lead to pulled-back gum tissue. This can cause teeth sensitivity to either cold or hot food and beverages as well as to certain food products. This is also the case if you scrub your teeth too hard.

The Toothbrush Head

Sizes

When it comes to the size of your toothbrush head, you'll want to ensure it can fit in your mouth and that it can reach all areas of your teeth. This includes those hard-to-reach places.

Generally, smaller toothbrush heads are perfect for this. You'll want to make sure it can only brush up to two teeth at a time - this equals about 1 inch long and 1/2 inch wide.

Shapes

There are no scientific facts saying one toothbrush head shape is better for brushing teeth than another, so choose one that's comfortable for you. The most popular kinds you'll find are rectangular and tapered.

Choosing Your Handle

Once the most important and hardest part is over, you can choose your toothbrush handle. These vary between a few different styles, but the most popular come with flexible necks or a non-slip grip.

How to Choose the Right Toothbrush

How to choose the right toothbrush comes down to only a few things: make sure it has soft bristles, the head fits in your mouth, and that it can easily reach hard places. Remember, this is a product you'll use twice a day, every day, so you want to make sure it's not only comfortable but doing its job.

Now that you've brushed up on some toothbrush facts, head over to our website. We'll schedule you for a cleaning and answer any questions you may have!

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