You simply go to the store, grab an inexpensive brush and use it until the bristles threaten to curl on themselves.
But is this best way to treat your teeth?
Aside from making sure that your toothbrush is in your favorite color (of course!), you also have to choose the right bristles for your pearly whites. Let’s discuss why the right bristle type matters.
Which Toothbrush Should You Use?
Basically you have three options:
- Extra soft
You can also buy a hard toothbrush, which is referred to as a firm-bristle brush but these are a bit more difficult to find. The aforementioned options however, are easily available. Some come with plain bristles while others have added soft-tissue and tongue cleaners attached to the back.
Typically, dental experts will recommend buying toothbrushes with softer bristles for regular use. However, if you have sensitive teeth that are susceptible to enamel erosion, the doctor will recommend a toothbrush with extra-soft bristles.
Why Not Buy a Hard Toothbrush?
We often apply a lot of pressure on the toothbrush when we brush our teeth, which is why a softer toothbrush is the better option. If you use a hard-bristled toothbrush, you’ll only end up wearing down the enamel layer of your teeth, even if they seem do get rid of the plaque quicker. You may also be at a higher risk of developing gum recession and lesions, which can lead to further pain and discomfort.
The Basics of Picking the Right Toothbrush
There are three factors to focus on:
The size of your toothbrush should be compatible with your tooth size i.e. adults should buy an adult toothbrush with a longer handle so they can brush easily and quickly.
The head of your toothbrush has to reach all the way into the tight corners of your mouth, not to mention behind your teeth. Instead of buying regular brushes with rectangular tops, buy one’s that curve around the top.
Basic Tips for Maintenance
For proper oral hygiene, follow the tips below:
- Replace your toothbrush every three months.
- Keep an eye on the bristles. If they fray prematurely, you might be brushing too roughly.
- Do not share your toothbrush, otherwise you may increase your chances of getting an infection.
- Clean your brush thoroughly after you’re done. Remove all remnants of toothpaste and any other debris, and place it at an upright position so it air dries.
- Do not store your toothbrush in a closed space, such as a cupboard. A moist environment might cause microorganisms to develop.
Take Care of Your Dental Health
Feel like your toothbrush might be to blame for your recent toothache?