How to Choose a New Toothbrush

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toothbrushHaving the right type of equipment to keep your teeth and gums clean is one of the most important ways to have fresh breath and fewer cavities, but you probably don’t spend a lot of time choosing the proper toothbrush. It is possible to find toothbrushes in most stores while you are shopping, and there are hundreds of styles to choose from in the oral care aisle. You may also have had the experience of buying a toothbrush and learning that it felt uncomfortable inside your mouth or irritated your gum tissue.

Select the Correct Handle Length

Dentists recommend buying a new toothbrush every three months, but if you have an illness such as a sore throat or influenza, then make sure to replace a toothbrush as soon as you recover. Read the information on a toothbrush’s packaging, and look at the toothbrush to determine if it has the features that you like. For everyday use, you should choose a toothbrush with the appropriate handle length. If you are a parent, then find smaller toothbrushes that are designed for toddlers to encourage them to brush their teeth.

Understand Different Bristle Styles

In addition to handle length, select a toothbrush with the correct type of bristles. If you or a child has sensitive gum tissue, then buy a soft-bristled toothbrush that will not lead to irritation. Most individuals prefer a medium-bristled toothbrush, and this type of toothbrush is less likely to damage the enamel on your teeth. Some brands of toothbrushes are made with bristles in different lengths that are designed to remove debris from between the teeth and along the pockets of gum tissue that surround each tooth.

Selecting Toothbrushes with Special Features

There are toothbrushes with extra features such as tongue scrapers on the reverse side or slightly tilted heads to make it easier to brush the teeth toward the back of the mouth. These types of toothbrushes are perfect for anyone who wants to remove additional debris from their oral cavity. You can also opt to buy a battery-operated toothbrush that spins or moves up-and-down to brush your teeth quickly and automatically, and if someone has problems moving their hand or wrist, then this is a great choice. After buying a toothbrush, take care of it at home by rinsing it after each use before placing it upright to dry.

If you need to schedule a teeth cleaning and you are in the Chandler or Gilbert AZ area let us know and we provide a free toothbrush with every teeth cleaning. Call 480-306-5506 for help.

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