Choosing the Right Toothbrush

 In Dental Talk - Tumwater Dental Care Blog

It might be a surprise to you, but the toothbrush you are using to brush your teeth could be causing you more problems than you think.

There are several different types of toothbrushes available on the market. If you happen to brush your teeth using the wrong type of toothbrush, you could be causing damaging not only your gums, but the enamel on your teeth, too.

Chehalis Dental Care wants our patients to keep their gums and teeth as healthy as possible. In an effort to help you improve your oral health, we have created a quick guide that will help you pick the right toothbrush.

Choose a Soft Bristled Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are available in a variety of bristle strengths. The most common type of bristle strengths available for purchase includes soft, medium, and hard. While almost any type of bristle toothbrush will clean your teeth, one will do a better job.

A soft bristled toothbrush tends to remove food particles, debris, and plaque better than medium or hard bristled toothbrushes. The soft-bristled brush will also not damage the enamel on your teeth.

Go for Comfort with the Other Toothbrush Features

When it comes to picking a toothbrush for its head shape, type of handle, or shape of the bristles, it ultimately comes down to whichever style is more comfortable for you. These features will only enhance your experience, but they play no part in how well your teeth are brushed.

If you aren’t sure what type of toothbrush to pick, pick one at random and give it a try. The only way to determine if you like a non-slip grip handle over a flexible neck handle is to try the toothbrush out for yourself.

Manual Toothbrush vs. Electric Toothbrush

The biggest debate regarding toothbrushes is whether to pick a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. Some dental experts believe that an electric toothbrush cleans the teeth better than a manual toothbrush, while others say it makes no difference.

If you have difficulty brushing your teeth or reaching the teeth in the back, you may want to consider an electric toothbrush. This type of toothbrush will help get your teeth clean without causing you extreme fatigue or cramping your hand.

If you are comfortable manually brushing your teeth, you can continue to do so with a manual toothbrush.

The key is to make sure your teeth are getting as clean as possible, no matter what type of toothbrush you are using.

Chehalis Dental Care can help you with the task of picking the right toothbrush. Call our offices today to schedule a general appointment where we can help answer your questions regarding which toothbrush is right for you, as well as provide you with tips on how to improve your overall oral health.

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