For every toothbrush, there is a season

04 Oct 2021

For every toothbrush, there is a season

Everyone knows the importance of good oral hygiene in reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. This means brushing twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and interdental cleaning daily.

But what sort of toothbrush should we be using? When we go to the shop we are bombarded by a wide variety of different toothbrushes, so how do we decide which toothbrush is best?

In this blog, the team at Teeth & Smiles look at some key characteristics you should consider when next buying a toothbrush.

  • Bristle Variety

A toothbrush with soft to medium bristles will provide the most comfortable clean. If you pick a brush with hard bristles, it is very easy to cause damage to your teeth and gums by over brushing. In the long term, this could lead to toothbrush abrasion, where the enamel on the teeth is worn away and once the enamel is gone it cannot be replaced.

  • 2021_10_04_blog_img002Size

It is best to choose a toothbrush with a small head as this will enable you to reach all areas of your mouth including those hard-to-reach areas such as the sides and backs of your molars. The toothbrush should also have a long enough handle so you can comfortably hold it in your hand, while getting to all areas of your mouth.

  • Effectiveness

There have been numerous studies which have looked at the effectiveness of electric Vs manual toothbrushes and none have found that either is significantly better. Whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush does not matter the key is that you use it properly and this means brushing your teeth at least twice a day using an effective brushing technique to remove plaque.

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The most important factor when choosing a toothbrush is whether you are going to use it and use it well. Some people prefer the clean from a manual toothbrush, others feel that an electric toothbrush cleans better. If you are comfortable and enjoy using your toothbrush you are more likely to use it for the recommended length of time of two minutes at least twice a day.

No matter what type of toothbrush you choose you should ensure that you change it or the toothbrush head, every three months or sooner if the bristles become worn or splayed. Remember for every toothbrush there is a season! This is to ensure that you are brushing effectively, removing any plaque and bacteria that may have built up on your teeth.

If you are still unsure do not hesitate to ask the dentist or hygienist when you next attend for an appointment and they will be able to advise you on the best toothbrush to meet your needs. Call Teeth & Smiles on 020 7352 7049 to book an appointment today.