You might think that choosing a toothbrush is a simple task, but if you select the wrong type, then it is more difficult to keep your teeth and gums clean. Here are some of the things to consider when you are looking for a new toothbrush.
1. The Best Type of Bristles
When you are buying a toothbrush, you should take the time to learn if it has softer bristles. A toothbrush with harder bristles can scratch the dental enamel on your teeth along with irritating your delicate gum tissues. You can often feel a toothbrush’s bristles through the plastic cover on the package.
2. How Big Is the Toothbrush’s Head?
Avoid buying a toothbrush that has a larger head, especially when you have a smaller mouth. It should feel comfortable to brush your teeth, so the head of the toothbrush should clean one to two teeth at a time rather than numerous teeth.
3. The Size of the Handle
While looking at toothbrushes, consider the size of the handle. A child needs a toothbrush with a smaller handle to avoid poking the back of his or her mouth. At the same time, if you are an adult, then a toothbrush with a smaller handle may make it difficult to brush the teeth toward the back of your mouth.
4. Angled Handles or Heads
It is possible to find toothbrushes with angled heads or handles, so if these features can help you to brush your teeth easily, then this is the type of toothbrush that you will want to buy. Alternatively, some individuals don’t like angled handles or heads because it can make it more difficult to maneuver the toothbrush in the mouth.
5. Flexible Heads and Handles
With a flexible head or handle on a toothbrush, these parts of the toothbrush will shift slightly from the pressure of brushing the teeth. If you have a sensitive mouth or tend to brush too hard, then these features help prevent tooth damage or irritated gums. However, this type of toothbrush may not last as long because the flexible portion of the item is more likely to break easily.
6. A Manual, Electric, or Battery-Operated Toothbrush
A manual toothbrush is affordable and easy to carry with you to other locations, but you may need to use a battery-operated or electric toothbrush instead. If you have mobility issues after a stroke or from a hand injury, then using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush is easier.
7. Specialty Toothbrushes
If you have a dental bridge, wear braces, or have dental implants, then you will need specialty toothbrushes. A dentist can offer advice about choosing a toothbrush that works with dental appliances or restorations. Using the proper specialty toothbrushes can prevent the breakage of the wires on braces or the crowns on dental implants and bridges.
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To learn more about choosing a toothbrush, contact North View Dental in Ogden, Utah today at 801-782-6681.