Does the Right Toothbrush Matter?

Proper oral hygiene, together with regular professional cleanings and exams, are the most important things we can do to keep our teeth healthy and prevent numerous oral health conditions. 

The simple act of brushing your teeth every day removes food particles and plaque and considerably lowers your risk of developing cavities and gum disease. 

Your Bluffton dentist has probably already taught you the right way to brush your teeth - swiping your teeth with the toothbrush at a 45 degrees angle. But, when it comes to the tools you are using, do they make a difference? In other words, can you clean your teeth better if you would use a certain type of toothbrush? 

How to Choose the Right Toothbrush 

There are many options on the market when it comes to toothbrushes, and choosing one might be overwhelming. How can you tell which toothbrush works better for your teeth, keeps them clean, and maximizes the effects of teeth brushing? 

Let’s explore the most important factors that you should keep in mind when shopping for a new toothbrush: 

  • Bristles 

When it comes to bristles, you can find either soft, medium, or hard-bristle toothbrushes. It's recommended that you choose one with soft bristles to avoid damaging your gums from the pressure applied when brushing. 

  • Size and Shape

Try to choose the one you feel comfortable using. But, at the same time, keep in mind that toothbrushes that have smaller heads can help clean your teeth better as you can get to those hard-to-reach areas easier. It's also better to opt for a wavy shape as it can help clean the molars better.

  • Electric or Manual 

 Both types of toothbrushes are effective and do a great job of keeping your teeth clean. But, if you want to take it a step further and have a more thorough cleaning, an electric toothbrush can do a better job of removing food particles and plaque. 

  • Material 

You can find toothbrushes made out of a variety of materials, such as plastic, ABS plastic, rubber, or bamboo. The only thing that matters here is your own preference and your desire to opt for more eco-friendly products. 

  • ADA Approved 

If you want to make sure that your new toothbrush has been thoroughly tested, then you should look for The American Dental Association (ADA) stamp of approval. 

But, Does It All Matter? 

While the right toothbrush can make a difference to some degree, what matters the most is that you are consistent and thorough with your oral hygiene. Think about it this way: you may have the best toothbrush on the market, but if you regularly skip brushing your teeth, then your oral health will suffer no matter what. 

If you want to make sure that your teeth are clean and healthy, book an appointment at Buckwalter Dental Care. Contact us and tell us about your needs so we can schedule your appointment as soon as possible. 

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