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How to Choose A New Toothbrush

How to Choose A New Toothbrush

Going to the dentist is an important part of maintaining proper dental hygiene. But just like someone who never goes to the dentist, only relying on the dentist to clean your teeth will result in tooth decay, tooth pain, and any number of dental-related illness. Brushing your teeth every day, flossing, and going to the dentist every six months are the standard practices that will ensure that you have a healthy beautiful smile.

The toothbrush you choose is extremely important. A bad toothbrush can cause tooth damage, gum damage, or will leave your teeth dirty due to an ineffective clean. Today, we will be reviewing the different types of brushes to explain the pros and cons of each. By the end, you should know how to choose the best toothbrush for your dental needs. Trust us, a little investment of time and money to constantly clean your teeth will save you a lot of money in the future. Compared to the cost of restorative dental procedures, a little money now on a good toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss is more than worth it.

Manual Toothbrush

By far the most common toothbrush used today, the manual toothbrush can be found for less than a dollar and requires the individual to manually move, spin, and brush the teeth. Different manual toothbrushes change or are built to have different shapes, bristle patterns, handle design, and bristle hardness.

When choosing this type of brush, concidering one that has good reach to ensure you can get to every tooth effeciently, is important. Also, soft bristles are better for most people, which help to keep the tooth from being damaged by brushing.

One major flaw is how people brush with manual toothbrushes. Brushing too hard can cause your gums to become irritated and can even wear away enamel which will damage your teeth.

Electronic Toothbrush

There are many newly designed toothbrushes which are designed to replicate the same dental cleaning tools which are used by dentists during routiene cleanings. There are many different shapes, bristle designes, and spinning patterns that are meant to help keep your teeth clean.

Electronic toothbrushes have shown to help reduce gingivitis, plaque buildup, and overall heathy teeth. Just as a manual toothbrush can cause damage to the enamel, so can an electronic toothbrush when used too forcefully and for too long.

This is a great choice for anyone looking to get a good clean without a lot of manual brush movements. However, there is a tendency to think that you can spend less time brushing because you have an electronic brush. This misconception will result in poor tooth care which undoes any benefit this type of brush can provide.

Sonic Toothbrush

A rather new toothbrush to join the ranks of teeth cleaning products, the sonic brush is designed to use vibrations and soft silicone bristles to clean teeth. It’s design was predicated on the idea that you should be able to clean your teeth quickly without risking damage to the enamel.

It’s performance is surly astounding, however it does fall short of strong plaque removal.

Which Brush Should You Use?

If you are truly dedicated to propper dental care, you can get by with an inexpensive toothbrush, just like the ones you get from your dentist at the end of every visit. However, investing in one of each of these types of brushes to incorporate them into your routine can help you achieve an otherwise unobtainable cleanlyness.

Use the strengths of each type of brush to your advantage and mix up which brushes and which type you use.

Most importantly, brush after every meal, go to the dentist every six months, and avoid prolonging your teeth to exposure to acidic foods and drink.

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