Is a new toothbrush on your shopping list? Before you head out to the store and grab the first toothbrush you lay eyes on, you should probably do a bit of research first to determine what type of toothbrush you need. At All Star Dental, depending on your brushing habits, your current oral health, and your gum sensitivity, we will help you recommend the perfect toothbrush for your needs. Below is some information you should take into account before making your next toothbrush purchase.
The rise of the automatic toothbrush has been a huge boost for oral hygiene. Depending on your budget or your oral health needs, our dentist in Chicago may recommend you purchase an automatic toothbrush. These are usually battery operated or are plugged into a charging outlet for convenience. Manual toothbrushes have also come a long way; now offering handle variations, bristle hardness options, and other features. If you’re unsure whether you should opt for a manual or automatic toothbrush, we recommend consulting your professional dentist.
While some people don’t mind hard-bristled toothbrushes, others have more sensitive gums. If your gums are prone to bleeding, we recommend opting for a soft-bristled toothbrush. These types of easier on the gums and teeth and are the best option for those whose enamel is corroding. The most common type of toothbrush bristle is medium. These are perfect for those who do not have any dental issues or sensitive gums. Hard-bristled tooth brushes, on the other hand, are best for those with very tough gums. We strongly recommend talking with your dentist before purchasing this type, as many times they have lead to receding gums, bleeding gums and enamel issues.
There are two types of toothbrush heads: diamond-shaped and conventional-shaped. Traditional manual toothbrushes were first introduced with conventional-shaped brushes which offer larger surface area. Conventional-shaped brushes oftentimes lack the ability to reach molars and other corners of the mouth, resulting in cavities or other issues. Diamond-shaped brushes have narrower tips which allows the user to reach the furthermost molars. These bristle shapes also wrap around each tooth while brushing, resulting in a more thorough brushing session.
Toothbrush handles can vary from basic to ergonomic depending on your preferences. At All Star Dental, we always recommend opting for the toothbrushes that have a more ergonomic handle so ensure that you can properly control the toothbrush while brushing. Your handle design options include: straight, contra angle, no-slip grip, and flexible. The most popular option is the no-slip grip to ensure that the toothbrush stays in contact with your teeth. Make sure the handle fits both your mouth as well as your hand and don’t forget to choose your favorite color!
Aside from your traditional toothbrush, there are also other options depending on your oral health needs. Interdental toothbrushes are a great addition to a manual or automatic toothbrush and help remove plaque from between the teeth. End tuft brushes are also meant to be used in addition to a traditional toothbrush. These brushes are capable of reaching inaccessible areas of your teeth, such as around the gumline.
Shopping for toothbrushes for both yourself and your child? Contact us online to learn more about what the best type of toothbrush is for you and your child!