The most common question that every dentist faces no matter where they are …in the clinic, in an elevator, on a flight or even at a party – DR, WHICH IS THE BEST TOOTHBRUSH?
My simple answer has always been – THE ONE YOU ACTUALLY USE!
Here are 7 easy tips to help you make the right choice when it comes to choosing your toothbrush.
1. BRISTLES – Material, Shape & Texture
Bristles are usually made of nylon material and should be really soft in their texture they can even be extra soft. The shape of the bristles is not as important and you can choose from multiple options in the market today with criss-cross action and various designs.
Recently bristles impregnated with different materials like activated charcoal have also become available and must be used only if they maintain the same soft texture or the original bristle. Materials that impregnate the bristles can also cause increased wear and tear of the teeth.
2. BRUSH DESIGN
- The brush head is the second most important factor which should be small and sleek enough to allow you to access even the areas in the back of your mouth.
- The brush handle must be ergonomic giving you a good grip without slipping and allowing you to brush well with the right technique.
3. BRUSHING PRESSURE
Contrary to the popular belief of brushing hard, gentle or mild brushing pressure is recommended. Excess pressure over many years of faulty brushing can cause abrasion of teeth and wear out of your all-important enamel layer. Some automated brushes now come with an indicator to signal when brushing pressure is too much for your teeth.
4. ADDITIONAL CLEANING BESIDES TEETH
Your brush also can come with additional features to be able to clean your gums and even your tongue since it’s not just the teeth that encompass our good oral health and hygiene.
You can choose an automated brush which can range from a simple battery-operated brush to the latest smart brushing innovations.
A brush should last between 3-6 months depending on your brushing pressure. If you see the bristles fraying it is time to replace it.
Ideally, we can replace the entire brush if manual or then replace just the brush head in case of an automatic brush.
This is the least important factor to use when choosing your brush, and yet it must be considered as brushes are replaced frequently and you maybe factoring not just you but your entire family. While the latest innovations can be an investment to make, a simple, inexpensive, manual brush with the above factors can also do the job and help maintain your pearlies in pristine condition.
TIPS TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BRUSH FOR SENSITIVE TEETH
When choosing a brush for sensitive teeth you must remember that the brush must be really gentle and must exert little or no pressure on the date I often tell my patients that all teeth sensitive or not must be cleaned like your most expensive chinaware because they are precious and priceless. Steps 1,3 & 5 discussed above are the best to ensure optimal care of sensitive teeth.
WHAT ARE THE RIGHT TECHNIQUES TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH?
There may be many right ways of brushing your teeth the most common and dentist recommended technique is to use a ROLLING MOTION which requires you to make circles around each tooth covering both your teeth and your gums.
Ensure you are brushing in a direction away from your gums to ensure that food is getting pushed out so from DOWN to UP for your lower jaw & UP to DOWN on your upper jaw.
If all this seems too complex then the best hack is to get an automated or battery operated brush which takes the guess work out of brushing. You just need to hold it for a few seconds and move it in the same manner motioning away from your teeth and gums covering each tooth or a few teeth at a time so it can clean adequately without us having to worry about it.
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