How To Choose The Right Toothbrush

There are hundreds on the market. Many shapes. Many styles. And every color. So how do you choose the “right” one? The one toothbrush that’s going to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy year after year? Dr. Wood at Cypress Family Dental is committed to making sure you and your family have great oral health. Brushing and flossing daily can go a long way in making that happen, so here are a few tips that might help you discover the toothbrush you were meant to have.

Electric, Manual, Organic?

More and more electric toothbrushes are coming on the market and at more affordable prices. You may be convinced to purchased one based on your belief that it will guarantee cleaner teeth. Your Cypress Family Dental staff warn that this just isn’t the case. There’s no research that proves that an electric brush is any better at cleaning teeth than a manual brush. The important thing is to follow the instructions for either brush to ensure you are brushing all surfaces of every tooth for the recommended amount of time. Now, if you have arthritis or some other condition that makes brushing manually difficult, then an electric brush may be the best choice.

Soft, Medium, or Hard?

Like Goldilocks in her choice of bear beds, you have three choices in toothbrush bristles when purchasing your toothbrush – soft, medium or hard. Dr. Wood recommends staying away from the hard bristle brushes as they can cause irritation and damage to your teeth and gums. Medium bristled toothbrushes can be used, but you still need to be careful not to brush too vigorously. For the all-around best choice, Dr. Wood recommends that you and your family purchase soft-bristled brushes. These are more gentle on your gums and can still be flexible enough to get in between teeth and braces to remove plaque and food particles.

What Style Should I Choose

Toothbrushes today come in hundreds of styles and colors. From superheroes, to Pokemon, to all the Disney princesses, companies do their best to attract children to want their brand of brush. For adults, every brand has its own “special” features. Dentists say, if you want to brush with a SpongeBob SquarePants toothbrush, go for it! There is little noticeable difference between brush styles and their ability to clean your teeth. So if Scooby Doo makes your child a happier and longer brusher, that’s great. The only thing Dr. Wood suggests is that you stick with a no-slip handle that allows you or your child to grip the brush with ease.

How Big Should My Brush Be?

Toothbrushes come in round heads, full heads, elongated heads, and with all size handles. The only rule here is to buy a brush that fits the brusher. Children or adults with smaller mouths should find a brush that fits inside between the teeth and the cheek and can brush a couple of teeth at a time. Most adults will want a brush head that’s ½” wide and 1” tall for the most effective way to reach all parts of your teeth. Generally, smaller headed brushes can more easily reach into all areas of the mouth.

Dr. Wood and his friendly staff at Cypress Family Dental are always happy to answer any questions you have about types of toothbrushes or any of the dental procedures his dentistry offers. If you need a check-up, or have questions about braces or other orthodontic treatment, give him a call at (714) 828-4010. Our dental office is conveniently located between Cypress and La Palma and we’re ready to work with you and your family members to keep your teeth healthy.

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