Not all Toothbrushes Are Created Equal
Is that toothbrush you get at the Dollar Store as good as the one you get at the dentist? Is a manual toothbrush as good as an electric toothbrush?
Maybe, and maybe. Regardless of what toothbrush you use, your brushing technique, how long you brush and how often you brush will directly affect how much plaque is removed. Brush at least twice a day, brushing the outside surfaces, inside surfaces and chewing surfaces of your teeth. And don’t forget to gently brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to keep your breath fresh!
And remember, visiting the dentist for a dental checkup with teeth cleaning every six months is crucial to your dental health. Checkups find small problems before they become big ones.
Tips for Choosing the Right Manual Toothbrush
- Size Matters. The best toothbrush for you may not be the best toothbrush for your spouse. The best toothbrush will have a head small enough to easily reach into the furthest corners of your mouth and have a long, easy to grip handle.
- Most toothbrush bristles come in three varieties – soft, medium and hard. On average, soft bristles are the most comfortable to use, while still being very effective. Depending on how much pressure you apply while brushing your teeth, medium or hard bristles could actually damage your tooth enamel, and be hard on your gums.
The American Dental Association recommends changing your manual toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes
- Numerous studies show there isn’t much difference between the two in how clean they get your teeth. However, a specific type of electric toothbrush called a rotation oscillation toothbrush has been shown to reduce gingivitis more than manual toothbrushes.
- Electric toothbrushes are far more expensive than even the best manual toothbrush. In addition, electric toothbrush heads need to be replaced more often than a manual toothbrush.
- Comfort and Convenience. The best toothbrush for you is the one you’ll use. As long as you’re brushing at least twice a day, you’re doing well. Some people might not like the vibration from an electric toothbrush, while people with limited mobility may find an electric toothbrush easier to use.
If you have questions about dental hygiene or need to schedule an appointment, call the Eastburn Dental office at 251-344-2126,