Brushing your teeth is a big part of life: it’s how you start and end your day! With so many types of toothbrushes out there, you may be wondering which toothbrush is best? Dakota Dental has some insight that’ll help you make an educated decision and keep your teeth strong and healthy!
The Basics of Brushing
First let’s remember the basics of brushing. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Why two minutes? It’s proven to significantly remove plaque! Don’t worry about brushing too hard – a gentle motion will do the job without causing damage to enamel or gums.
Manual vs Electric Toothbrush
Multiple studies have concluded that both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective for teeth, as long as you’re spending that full two minutes brushing. It really comes down to personal preference.
The Benefits of a Manual Toothbrush
You might want to try a manual toothbrush if you:
- want an affordable option.
- travel often.
- like to have control over exactly where your toothbrush moves.
The Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush
You might want to try an electric toothbrush if you:
- tend to brush too vigorously with a manual toothbrush.
- don’t have full dexterity.
- need help hitting the two minute mark (most have a built-in timer).
Once you’ve decided which path to choose, here are a couple of questions to consider:
What Type of Bristles?
Most dentists agree: soft bristles are best for removing plaque without damaging teeth. If you use a toothbrush with medium or stiff bristles, that might wreak havoc on your enamel and gums. However, if your dentist recommends stiff bristles (which we sometimes do!), use them instead.
What Size Toothbrush Head?
In general, a half-inch wide by one-inch tall toothbrush head will effectively get to hard-to-reach areas. Your toothbrush should brush against all parts of your teeth, including the inner, outer, and top.
What Type of Brush Handle?
Consider an angled or flexible handle if it adds ease to your brushing routine. You’ll be holding it for four minutes a day, so pick something that’s comfortable!
Okay, this won’t impact your oral hygiene, but having a color you love can make brushing your teeth more fun!
Is it an ADA Toothbrush?
Whatever you decide, make sure your toothbrush has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on it. That denotes it’s top quality! Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every 3 months, or when it starts to show wear and tear.
Don’t Forget Those Regular Cleanings
Well, there you have it. You’re officially on the road to picking the right toothbrush for you.
In addition to brushing regularly, visiting your dentist twice a year keeps your teeth healthy. Ready for your next cleaning? Dakota Dental can help you stay on top of your oral hygiene! Give us a call and let us take care of your teeth.
Want to learn about picking the right toothpaste? Read our thoughts on the matter here.