Tips for Picking the Right Toothbrush

Life is better when you make good choices! Whether it’s a life-changing decision, like relocating your family to a new community, or an everyday decision, like what to eat for dinner, you want your decisions to lead to a happier and healthier life. When it comes to your oral health, making sensible choices is important if you want your smile to sparkle, which means you need to equip yourself with the best tools available to keep your smile shining all throughout the year. Needless to say, this starts with picking the right toothbrush for your daily oral care needs.

Toothbrushes resting on sink in Asheville dentist office

General Tips for Picking a Good Toothbrush?

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to selecting a toothbrush. Your smile is as unique as you are, and it requires a toothbrush with the right shape, size, and style to navigate your mouth’s nooks and crannies for food debris, tartar, and plaque. Next time you’re shopping for a new toothbrush, consider these recommendations to make the right choice (courtesy of your favorite Asheville family dentistry):

  • Soft-bristled toothbrushes are more effective for removing plaque and debris.
  • Small-headed toothbrushes can more easily reach all areas of the mouth, especially those pesky molars!
  • Choose a toothbrush that has a comfortable head and handle. A non-slip grip or a flexible neck may be required to hit those hard-to-reach positions.
  • Bristles come in many styles, including rippled, flat, or dome-shaped. Use whichever is most comfortable and try to experiment with different styles if one isn’t working for you.
  • Consider utilizing an electric toothbrush in place of a disposable one. As you will see in the next section, an electric toothbrush can provide a more reliable teeth cleaning experience, especially for those with lackluster brushing habits.

Disposable Vs Electric Toothbrushes

The first ‘real’ (usable) electric toothbrush was invented by Dr. Phillippe-G Woog in 1954 in Switzerland. With the promise to “keep your gums healthy as your brush with 3,600 up and down brushstrokes in a minute,” the first electric toothbrush, known as as the Broxodent Automatic Toothbrush, forced consumers to choose between disposable and electric. Over a half-century later, consumers are still having difficulty deciding which type of toothbrush is right for their oral care needs.

Cost Considerations

Electric toothbrushes are more expensive than their disposable cousins. Introductory electric toothbrushes can cost anywhere from $29.99 to $49.99, while upgraded models can cost as much as $129.99. Top flight models can exceed $200 but come packed with advanced features like multiple brushing modes (clean, white, sensitive, gum care, deep clean), charging travel cases, USB charging, and more. You should also consider important factors like battery life, the cost of replacement toothbrush heads, and warranties when choosing an electric toothbrush. On the other hand, disposable toothbrushes are more affordable, typically costing anywhere $5 or less per toothbrush.

Don’t Overlook Your Personal Preferences

One of the most important factors in your choice between disposable and electric toothbrushes is your personal preference. You need to use what works best for your personal needs. Remember, your smile is unique, which means you need to be deliberate when making choices regarding your oral health. For example, if you experience bleeding gums when using a disposable toothbrush, you may want to switch to electric — the more sensitive option.

Conversely, if you think the slimmer handle of a disposable toothbrush makes it easier for you to reach every area of your mouth, you might want to stick with the more traditional option. You should also consult your dentist when making this decision. Your dentist can take your personal preferences into account while discussing the pros and cons of both options to help you make the right decision.

Which Is More Effective?

Whether or not electric toothbrushes are actually more effective than disposable toothbrushes has been a hotly contested topic for a long time. Dental professionals tend to side with electric toothbrushes for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they tend to be more gentle since they don’t require individuals to vigorously “scrub” their teeth in the same way that disposable toothbrushes are used. In particular, rotation oscillation toothbrushes have been found to be more effective than manual toothbrushes according to a review of nearly 30 independent studies. Disposable toothbrushes, when used incorrectly, can damage gums and teeth — the opposite of their intended purpose. You’ve got a lot to consider before you settle on one or the other. Remember, take your time, talk to your dentist, and listen to what your mouth is telling you when deciding between electric and disposable toothbrushes.

What’s The Best Type of Toothbrush for Children?

As a parent, promoting healthy oral habits early on is essential if you want your child to have a healthy smile. Step one: equip them with the proper tools to get the job done (and then guide them on how to use these tools to fight plaque and tartar). As is the case with adults, children have many disposable and electric toothbrush options. Many of these toothbrushes feature exciting colors, eye-catching patterns, and even characters from their favorite TV shows and movies; all to show them that brushing teeth can be fun! There’s no clear winner when it comes to selecting your child’s toothbrush, but you’ll want to make sure you select an appropriate, child-sized toothbrush with soft bristles and an ADA Seal of Approval.

Conclusion

Have you ever tried to wash a car without a powerful hose or a coarse sponge? It’s nearly impossible to cut through the grit and grime without the right tools. The same principle is true for your oral health. Picking the right toothbrush is the first step to achieving the type of smile that turns heads! It’s never too late to change your toothbrush, take it from us, we’re Asheville’s favorite family dentistry, which means we know a thing or two about protecting your smile (and the smiles of your little ones!)

If you are in the Asheville area and are in need of a new family dentist, contact us directly at (828) 253-5878 or request an appointment online. We treat both children and adults for both routine, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry.

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