Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of maintaining excellent dental health. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware that the toothbrush you choose can actually be detrimental to your oral health. With all of the toothbrushes available on the market today ranging from soft bristles to hard bristles, electric and manual, it can be difficult to know which toothbrush is the best one for you.
The benefits of a soft-bristled toothbrushWhen choosing a toothbrush, whether you pick electric or manual, it is best to choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles that are made of nylon. Soft-bristled brushes are safer for your teeth. This is because when you use hard or even medium-bristled brushes it is possible that you can damage the tooth enamel. In addition, you may also damage your gums as well as the tooth root surfaces. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends soft-bristled brushes for this reason. Soft, rounded bristles are the best choice for removing plaque and tartar buildup without damaging your teeth.
When you are shopping for a new toothbrush, always pick one that is marked with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This lets you know that the brush has undergone rigorous quality control testing and has been approved for both safety and effectiveness. You might also ask your dentist if they recommend a particular type or brand of toothbrush.
It is also important that you pay attention to the size of the toothbrush you choose, as each person’s mouth and teeth are different. You want to choose a toothbrush that is the correct size for your own mouth. In most cases, this will be a brush whose head is an inch tall and half-inch wide. Though there are larger ones available, these may be more difficult to use in the harder to reach areas in the back of the mouth, particularly around the molars.
Dr. James L. Johnson