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For the average convenience store-goer, picking out a brand-new toothbrush doesn’t call for a second glance. Perhaps you purchase the same type out of habit or will lunge at the first bundle on sale. Alternatively, you might be driven by aesthetics, such as a brightly colored handle.
Regardless of how you shop for your trusted toothbrush, none of these methods will provide you with the best possible type. When it comes to toothbrush shopping, go beyond the basics by taking note of these expertly sourced dos and don’ts.
DO – Prioritize Soft Bristles
A toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles is gentler on the teeth and gums. If you have a penchant for scrubbing your teeth like you’re sanding wood, ditch the habit for a lighter hand—you could be exacerbating your already-sensitive teeth.
DO – Think About the Toothbrush Head
Head shape plays a more significant role in your choice of toothbrush than you’d anticipate. No single form is a one-size-fits-all solution for every mouth. As a rule of thumb, ensure that the bristles can comfortably brush against your backmost molars.
Brush in front of a mirror to ensure the bristles and head are covering every surface. Some brushes are too large or too broad—always opt for one that is just right. If you’re having trouble pairing up with the right brush, consult your wisdom teeth dentist or oral surgeon.
DO – Consider Size
If your household caters to smaller children, always purchase an age-appropriate toothbrush. Most children demonstrate little control over their brush strokes, so you’ll want to opt for soft bristles. Swap out your child’s toothbrush every two to three months.
DO – Remember the Basics
Ultimately, the best type of toothbrush is one you’re motivated to use. Generally, you’ll want to prioritize comfort. If your current brush is unbearable, swap it out for one you’re looking forward to using after a generous meal.
DON’T – Purchase No-Brand, Dollar-Store Toothbrushes
Don’t fall victim to the temptation of two-for-one, dollar-store toothbrushes without the seal of approval from a reputable brand. No-name toothbrushes hail from third-rate manufacturers who incorporate inferior and unsafe materials. In most cases, these brushes are better suited for scrubbing grout than they are for oral hygiene.
DON’T – Hesitate to Give Powered Toothbrushes a Shot
If you love a manual toothbrush but don’t have the time in the morning to prioritize a long brush, consider a powered alternative for a thorough job. Electric toothbrushes are more effective in scouring hard-to-reach corners of the mouth and behind your molars. Similarly, children averse to oral hygiene may be more receptive to a powered model with an enticing design or additional features.
DON’T – Skip Out on Flossing
Your tooth-brushing regimen is only as good as how often you floss. You won’t effectively remove stubborn food particles with a brush. Flossing will help counter plaque and reduce the risk of gingivitis and gum disease.
Achieving pearly whites isn’t possible without the right toothbrush. If you’re brushing two to three times a day but aren’t seeing any results, it may be time to explore new options.
At Langley Dental Care, we skew our dental exams to suit your particular needs. If you’re looking to improve your oral hygiene, don’t hesitate to request an appointment!