There are many different types of toothbrushes available in the dental health aisle in your supermarket or pharmacy. With so many styles to choose from, how does one know which one to choose? In this post, Dr. Darian Hampton of The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry discusses which style of toothbrush is the best choice to ensure optimal dental health. Read on to learn more.
Toothbrushes come in many sizes. Usually the sizes are small, medium and large, but there can be some variations among those sizes as well — some larges are larger than others, some smalls smaller, etc. The best size for proper tooth brushing is a small-sized head. The smaller head enables you to reach every part of your mouth. Larger sizes may be too big to reach the back of your molars.
For this reason, it is important that children use the appropriate size brush in their smaller mouths. Make sure to purchase a “kid-size” brush, as an adult-sized brush may be too big to reach small teeth. There are many fun superhero and cartoon character-themed brushes out there that make brushing more appealing to kids. And as we know, good dental habits start in youth and will carry on into adulthood.
There are different bristle styles available as well. Dr. Hampton advises his patients to always choose a soft bristled brush. Soft bristled brushes are able to remove debris from the teeth just as well as a harder bristled brush, without harming sensitive gum tissue in the process. Harder bristles will not get your teeth cleaner and may actually inflame the gums if used too vigorously.
When it comes to the handle, some brushes today look downright futuristic. The most important thing is to buy a brush that is easy to grip and provides a good angle for the head for proper teeth cleaning. Finding the correctly angled brush may require some trial and error. However, for most people, a straight-handled, simply crafted brush will do the job adequately.
As for color, this is obviously a matter of personal taste. Just be sure that every member of the household has a different color brush in order to prevent accidentally sharing brushes and spreading germs.
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