Good oral health contributes to good overall health. But many drugstores have so many toothbrushes, pastes, gels, flosses, mouthwashes, tongue scrapers, whitening kits, and more to choose from that making your purchase can be overwhelming. Loper Family Dentistry believes that good dental health begins with the humble toothbrush, so here we offer our advice on choosing toothbrushes for your family.
Manual toothbrushes have a lot going for them. This is the type of toothbrush most of us learned how to brush with. They are affordable and easily available, they offer incredible variety, and they are easily replaced once they wear out. A brush with soft bristles is ideal for the vast majority of us; medium or hard bristles can cause damage to gums and enamel if you brush too hard with them. If you can find rounded soft bristles, they are even better. A small brush head is typically a good choice, because the smaller head does a better job of cleaning those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Choose a toothbrush with a handle that is comfortable for you.
An electric toothbrush can be a good choice for people with limited ability to brush their teeth – people with arthritis, for example. Electric toothbrushes usually offer spinning heads for added scrubbing action. Many electric toothbrushes are equipped with a sensor to make sure you don’t brush too hard, and a timer to make sure that you brush for the recommended two minute duration. Electric toothbrushes are more expensive than manual toothbrushes, but many people find that the added cost is worth it.
Toothbrushes for Children
The toothbrush you select for your child should have a small head with soft bristles, and a large handle, which is easier for tiny hands to grasp. Electric children’s toothbrushes almost always come with a timer to make sure they brush for two minutes, and some may even play music while your child brushes. If your child is old enough, let him or her help you select their toothbrush to encourage interest and involvement in their dental care.
Regardless of what type of toothbrush you choose, it should be replaced about every three months, or after you have had a cold. It should also bear the ADA Seal of Approval. Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after use and store it upright and uncovered so it can dry appropriately.
Your dentist is happy to answer any other questions you have about toothbrushes or other dental care products. Call Loper Family Dentistry at 614-864-7731 to make an appointment today.