With so many types to of toothbrushes on the market, it can be hard to decipher which type of toothbrush is the best for you. Learning about several types of toothbrushes is important to discover the best way to care for your smile. This guide will help you understand the types of toothbrushes on the market.
Manual toothbrushes are the classic, handheld toothbrush that many people have used for years and years. Typically, they have an inch of head length, half an inch in width, and a wide handle for better grip. There are different types of bristles that can be on manual toothbrushes.
A bristle with a rougher structure of block hard bristles can dig up a greater amount of plaque and other residue found in the teeth. However, harder bristles can cause enamel erosion. By brushing abrasively with a hard toothbrush, you can cause the protective layer on your teeth to wear thin.
Softer bristles are will be rounded at the tips, creating a softer, gentler toothbrush. These kinds of toothbrushes are for those with more sensitive gums and teeth. These are great for reaching the back, hard to reach areas of the mouth because of their flexibility.
For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity. This is the next best thing to professional cleanings from your dentist.
Electric toothbrushes can offer much greater convenience. They can be used to time your brushing sessions and sense how much pressure you are using. To reduce the discomfort of the vibrations, you can go for brushes with soft grip handles.
How Often Should I Be Buying a New Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear or every three months, whichever happens first. It is also very important to trade out your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold since the bristles can collect germs that can make you sick all over again.
Why is it important to replace my toothbrush often?
Besides normal wear and tear on your toothbrush, there are more important reasons why buying new toothbrushes help keep your dental health up to par. It may seem like your toothbrush is getting the job done, but you may be exposing yourself to bacteria build-up—especially if your toothbrush doesn’t have the space to airdry.
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As a member of many prestigious organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Osteointegration, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Earnest takes dental hygiene seriously—starting with at home care. If you need help improving your dental hygiene routine better at home, reach out to our office by dialing (830) 625-1515.