“What kind of toothbrush should I use?” is one of the most popular questions heard in a dental consultation!
The answer to this question has two parts:
- Manual vs. Electric Brushes
- Bristles types – Hard vs. Medium vs. Soft
Manual versus Electric Brushes
The main purpose of brushing your teeth is to remove plaque. With appropriate brushing techniques, there is no difference between a manual or an electric toothbrush. Ask your dentist about good brushing techniques.
Electric brushes are useful for people with arthritis or other disabilities where holding a small toothbrush or performing the correct motions for a manual brush are challenging. It can be helpful for children who find brushing a chore, as a lot of kids brushes play music and are brightly coloured.
The Types of Bristles.
When looking for a toothbrush, the racks at the supermarket and chemist can be a minefield! There are different colours, shapes, head sizes, number values etc. The key aspects to look for in a toothbrush are soft bristles and easy to hold/manipulate in your mouth.
There is no significant benefit to using a medium or hard toothbrush. Medium and hard toothbrushes tend to cause more gum shrinkage when compared to the cleaning provided.
Oral Hygiene Tips
- Brush your teeth gently to avoid gum shrinkage.
- Clean your teeth after breakfast and before going to sleep at night to avoid decay.
- Replace both manual and electric toothbrush heads every three months to keep it fresh.
- Floss to remove plaque from between your teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach.
- Clean your tongue to remove bacterial buildup, and combat bad breath.