A common question that the dentists at Dream Smiles Dental gets asked regularly is: “What’s the best toothbrush?”
With so many different options and varieties of toothbrushes on the market, it can be difficult to know which is the best for you. There are electric and manual toothbrushes, different variations in brush heads as well as handle designs. Daily brushing routines are essential to maintaining healthy and strong teeth, but having the proper toothbrush will make it a lot more efficient.
In this blog, we discuss some of the frequently asked questions regarding toothbrush etiquette.
Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?
Both manual and electric toothbrushes can effectively and thoroughly clean your teeth if you follow dentist recommended techniques.
Studies show that there are minor differences between electric and manual toothbrushes when it comes to plaque prevention as long as you follow a good technique and you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
Behaviour pattern studies suggest that brushing is habitual. For those who tend to brush vigorously and find it hard to change the habit, electric toothbrushes are the better choice. Another advantage of electric toothbrushes is the built in timer which lets you know how long to brush your teeth.
People who have difficulty using manual toothbrushes due to limited mobility of the fingers may find electric toothbrushes more comfortable. An electric toothbrush uses electric power rather than the the patient’s fingers to move the brush head. This makes tooth brushing easier, especially for kids.
There are a lot of toothbrushes on the market. Which one should I choose?
The size of the toothbrush should fit your mouth comfortably, allowing you to reach all areas of the mouth. Patients with small mouths may find it hard to manoeuvre toothbrushes with large heads, hence decreasing efficiency of cleaning, especially at the back and on the sides of the molars.
The handle design should be appropriate to user age and dexterity so that the brush can be easily manipulated. At supermarkets, you can select soft, medium or hard toothbrushes.
- Hard toothbrushes can damage gums and protective surface of enamel.
- Soft toothbrushes with rounded tips are better for cleaning.
How long should I brush my teeth for?
The dentists at Dream Smiles Dental recommend brushing twice a day for at least 2-3 minutes.
How often should I change my toothbrush?
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Toothbrush bristles wear out over time and become frayed with use. This decreases the efficiency of tooth brushing.
We hope that these answered your questions regarding toothbrush etiquette! Finding the best toothbrush for you is essential for your dental health care. Remember, it’s important to schedule a visit with your dentist every six months to ensure that your teeth are strong and healthy.
You can book an appointment with one of our friendly dentists at Dream Smiles Dental here. We’re located in Carlingford, Sydney– within driving distance from North Rocks, Oatlands and surrounding suburbs.
The Team at Dream Smiles Dental