Deciding to invest in better oral care starts with brushing and flossing at home. No matter who you ask, from the recent dental grad to the best dentist in Santa Fe, they will agree brushing and flossing is the best and first step in the war against decay and gum loss. But choosing what kind of toothbrush to use can be a daunting task. Do you get electric or standard? Square shaped head or diamond shaped? What toothbrush will be best for you and your needs?
- Consider the shape: there are a variety of head shapes when it comes to toothbrushes. The three main types are square, diamond or round (though round is mainly for electric toothbrushes). The head shape that fits best in your mouth is probably your best bet since it will allow you to reach all of your teeth to give them a thorough cleaning.
- Electric vs Standard: While electric toothbrushes have become a popular choice, if brushing for the proper amount of time with adequate technique, a standard toothbrush can be just as good. In this case you might want to save your money and stick with a solid standard toothbrush.
- Soft, Medium or Hard: Toothbrushes come in three bristle strengths meant to meet the brushing requirements for all mouth and tooth types. While medium and hard bristles might feel like they are giving you a better clean, they may be hurting your gums. If you choose the harder bristles, remember to be gentle with your brushing. Otherwise, stick with soft bristles to avoid any mouth injuries.
- Consider the cost: The more expensive, newer toothbrushes may seem like a worthwhile investment, but in the end, you are going to throw it away. When choosing a solid toothbrush, first find what works best for you in the price range you want. New and pricey isn’t always the best when a cheaper model may fit your mouth and be easier for you to use.
In the end, the right toothbrush for you is the one that gives you the best clean. Electric or standard, square or diamond, what matters most is that your teeth and gums are clean.