Which Toothbrush is Right for You?

Scientists think that toothbrushing tools date back to 3,000 BC when they were made of twigs. Thanks to modern technology, we no longer have to brush our teeth with trees. In fact, we have several different styles and types of toothbrushes to choose from. When deciding on a toothbrush, here are some important things to consider:
Most people choose a soft-bristled toothbrush because the bristles are more flexible and can bend easily and reach areas where food and plaque hide. Soft bristles also brush the area without cutting or bruising the gums.
The head of your toothbrush should be small to allow effective cleaning. A small head makes it easier to clean hard-to-reach areas, including the back teeth.
The head can also be straight or angled. Some people choose angled brushes for easier cleaning of back teeth.
The handle should allow comfortable gripping for effective cleaning. Many brushes now come with a rubber grip to prevent slipping.
Electric toothbrushes are becoming more popular. Electric toothbrushes don’t clean any better than a manual toothbrush, but they tend to brush longer with electric than manual. Models with rotating-oscillating heads are popular for people who wear braces.
Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, you should replace it after three months, after a cold or illness, or when the bristles lose their shape.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily, flossing once daily, and visiting your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and checkup. If it is time for your semi-annual dental visit, contact me, Dr. Jeffrey Allen, a Pella, IA family dentist. During your appointment, we can discuss which toothbrush would best meet your needs. If you live in Pella, Oskaloosa, Monroe, Newton, or surrounding areas, call my Pella dentist office at (641)628-1121 to schedule your appointment.