Walking down the toothbrush aisle at the grocery store can be an overwhelming venture. There are so many different brands and types to choose from! Figuring out what toothbrush is right for you is an important decision to make for your overall dental health. That’s why we present “The Truth about Toothbrushes” as a guide to help you pick out the perfect match for your teeth.
- Bristles—The softer, the better.
There are three common types of bristles on a toothbrush: soft, medium, and hard. We recommend using a soft-bristled brush because it does the best job at removing plaque from the teeth. If you brush using a lot of force, medium and hard bristles can damage your gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel. In addition, using bristles with rounded tips ensure that food particles and other debris are brushed away. Tip: If you notice your bristles starting to harden, run them under hot water to soften.
- Types—Electronic or manual? Whatever floats your boat.
Despite electric toothbrushes being an easier option than manual, both are effective ways to brush your teeth. Whichever you prefer, make sure you choose one with a small head so it can get to all of the hard-to-reach places. Tip: The American Dental Association (ADA) puts the Seal of Acceptance on all toothbrushes that have been certified as safe options.
- Replacements—Out with the old, in with the new.
Make sure to replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months, or when you notice the bristles starting to fray. If you have a cold, or another sickness be sure to switch out your toothbrush. Germs stick around and can transfer to another family member’s brush if close by. Tip: Make sure to pick out a fresh toothbrush each biannual visit to Dr. Krengel’s office.
If you have any questions regarding what type of toothbrush is right for you, don’t hesitate to call our office at (952) 888-1311. Happy brushing!