Dental hygiene is one of the most important things you can have to live a long and healthy life. Good dental hygiene protects against bacteria build up, which could lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
The best way to protect your pearly whites is to brush your teeth at least twice a day and the brush you use is crucial to your dental health. There are many kinds of toothbrushes to choose from, so let’s take a look at the best types of toothbrushes for you.
What is the best toothbrush to use?
Whether you use a manual or powered brush, there are certain characteristics that you should look for in whatever toothbrush you choose.
The best toothbrush head for you should allow you easy access to all areas of your teeth. For most adults, a toothbrush head that is a half-inch wide and one-inch tall will be the easiest to use and the most effective. The toothbrush should have a long enough handle so you can comfortably hold it in your hand.
When you go to the store to purchase a manual toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric toothbrush, you will be able to select a toothbrush with soft, medium, or hard nylon bristles. For the majority of people, a soft-bristled toothbrush will be the most comfortable and safest choice. Depending on how vigorously you brush your teeth and the strength of your teeth, medium- and hard-bristled brushes could actually hurt the gums, protective tooth enamel, and root surface. For even more tooth protection when you brush, be sure the bristles on the toothbrush you select have rounded tips.
For disposable toothbrushes, this seal ensures that the bristles will have safe tips, the bristles will not fall out of the brush under typical brushing conditions and the handle will withstand normal use. Also, the toothbrush will effectively reduce plaque build-up and gum disease in their beginning stages.
Manual or electric?
You should be able to limit plaque build-up and keep your gums healthy with either a manual or powered toothbrush, as long as you clean your teeth regularly using proper brushing technique. With that being said, let’s look at a few factors you will want to consider when purchasing your next toothbrush.
There are some affordable powered toothbrush options being sold, but typically electric toothbrushes cost much more than manual toothbrushes. You will also need to replace the removable toothbrush head as often as you replace your manual toothbrush. However, if using an electric toothbrush helps you keep your teeth cleaner, you may make up for the expense with a reduction in dental bills.
Studies have shown that there is no significant difference between electric and manual toothbrushes in their ability to remove plaque and prevent gum disease. But, evidence suggests that a certain type of powered toothbrush called a rotation oscillation toothbrush is more effective than manual toothbrushes.
If you usually brush too vigorously, which can damage your gums and teeth, a powered toothbrush may make it easier for you to be gentle on your gums and teeth and get them clean at the same time. Studies suggest that using a powered toothbrush may increase the amount of bacteria in the bloodstream more than a manual toothbrush. This does not pose a risk for healthy people with normal immune systems and healthy hearts. But it could increase the likelihood that people with certain heart conditions could acquire a potentially dangerous infection in the heart. Further investigation is needed to determine whether this should be a cause for concern.
The next time you visit your dentist, make sure to ask for their suggestion on the right toothbrush for you.