In a lifetime, the average person will spend 852 hours, or 35.5 days, brushing their teeth. So with all the time you spend performing this simple task, you can imagine how important it is to have a top of the line toothbrush.
But while brushing your teeth twice daily is quite the manageable routine, finding the right toothbrush can actually be the opposite. With so many shapes, sizes and styles of toothbrushes on the market, deciding which kind to buy can be confusing.
So what should you be looking for next time you go to your local store? We’ve compiled a list of tips dental professionals would recommend when looking for the right toothbrush.
The Best Brush Tips
All dentists agree, that when looking for a toothbrush, you should always choose one with soft bristles. Soft bristles are the best at removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth and along your gumline. Harmful hard bristles can expose the tooth root and lead to heightened sensitivity to heat, cold or certain food or drinks.
The Right Fit
It’s a personal choice when it comes to deciding the shape and size of your desired toothbrush. Just make sure that it can easily fit your mouth, reaching every tooth.
You’ve Got the Power
A powered toothbrush is always a great choice. While it may be higher in cost, it can do a better job of cleaning your teeth and removing plaque and excess debris.
However, this doesn’t mean you have to have one. A regular toothbrush can do the job just fine. Going electric is the best alternative for those that have troubles brushing or reaching every area of the mouth. If you currently have braces, a powered toothbrush would benefit you greatly.
When to Replace
A huge question regarding our toothbrushes remains to be when it should be replaced. Most dentists recommend that a toothbrush should be replaced every three months, or whenever it begins to show significant wear and tear.
You should also remember to replace your toothbrush after every illness.
All children should use toothbrushes with soft nylon bristles. The head of the brush should be small enough to fit the size of your child’s mouth, but long enough to reach all of the teeth.
The Final Word
If you happen to still be undecided on which toothbrush is the best fit for you, please do not hesitate to consult the experienced team at Cirocco Dental Center. They are more than happy to help!