The majority of people use one of this everyday, but with the large selection available, it is not always clear which is the best choice. Here are some frequently asked questions that may help when you are trying to decide on your next toothbrush.
Soft, medium or firm?
Many people are unsure about this, and some even prefer to use medium or firm toothbrushes, claiming they feel like they do a better job. Despite this misconception, medium or firm brushes do not clean any better and may even cause damage to the teeth and gums. Dental professionals only recommend the use of soft or ultra-soft toothbrushes.
What size toothbrush should I use?
This depends on the size of your mouth. More compact toothbrush heads are a better choice for those with small mouths or limited opening of their mouth. Small toothbrush heads are also suitable for those having trouble reaching their back teeth (especially if the wisdom teeth are present) and for those with strong gag reflexes.
Manual or electric toothbrush?
Some studies show that if used correctly, a manual toothbrush can be just as effective as an electric toothbrush. Since not everyone is able or willing to use a manual toothbrush to its full potential, some people can benefit from the use of an electric toothbrush. Examples would be; those with dexterity problems, caregivers, brushing for someone else, those who do not brush long enough or need improved oral hygiene and those with dental braces.
What type of electric toothbrush is the best?
There are a variety of electric toothbrushes available and choosing one that you like may come down to personal preference. Generally, a good quality rechargeable toothbrush is preferable over the battery-operated styles. Another consideration is that as of now, the CDA (Canadian Dental Association) has given their seal of approval to only two electric toothbrushes. The models they have approved are the Oral-B Professional Care 5000 with Smart Guide Power Brush and the Oral-B Professional Care Series 3000 Power Brush.
A full list of CDA approved dental products can be found here.
How often should I be using my toothbrush?
Most people should be brushing at least twice daily, in the morning and before bed. Those with dental braces, or who are prone to cavities or tartar build-up might need to brush more often than that.
How long should my toothbrush last?
As a general rule, dental professionals recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three months. If you get sick, it is a good idea to start using a new toothbrush once you are feeling better. If you notice your toothbrush is wearing out before the three-month mark, this could be a sign that you are brushing too hard.
Your dental professional will be able to give you personalized advice on what oral hygiene products will work best for you. If you have any questions, call us today!