February 18th, 2019
Comfort is Key
Make sure you pick a shape and size is most comfortable for you. Naturally, the best toothbrush is one that fits your mouth. The head of the toothbrush should allow you easy access to all your teeth, especially those hard-to-reach molars. A toothbrush that is too large will be cumbersome to maneuver in a smaller mouth, while a toothbrush that is too small won't be as effective in reaching all the surface areas of your teeth.
A soft-bristle toothbrush is your best bet to achieve a comfortable, safe, and effective teeth cleaning. Medium and hard-bristled brushes can damage your enamel and gums, especially if you tend to be an aggressive brusher.
Powered toothbrushes versus regular brushes
Both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at cleaning teeth if you use proper technique and brush thoroughly for two minutes twice a day. Overall, an electric toothbrush may make brushing easier, resulting in better plaque removal. Powered toothbrushes can make tooth brushing fun for kids which can encourage them to brush longer and more often.
Make sure the toothbrush you choose has undergone rigorous safety and effectiveness testing. Look for the American Dental Association's (ADA) seal of approval or consult our team for recommendations on the best type of toothbrush to meet your needs, especially if you are wearing braces.
Finding the right toothbrush is the first step in great oral health. The second is ensuring that you're using the right brushing technique. Placing the toothbrush closer to the gum line and brushing with gentle circular motions for two minutes is important to achieve the best results. Patients in braces should brush for 5 minutes twice a day since food particles can be more difficult to remove around brackets and wires.
Do you have questions about choosing the right toothbrush for your smile? If so, contact the team at Bel Air Orthodontics!