In the world of dentistry, your toothbrush is basically your magic wand— if used everyday you can help fight off cavities that would otherwise wreak havoc on your pearly whites. However, did you know that if you’re using an old toothbrush or a toothbrush that isn’t catered towards your mouth that you won’t get the best results possible? From choosing the right strength to the right shape of toothbrush, this article will discuss the best ways to choose a toothbrush that is right for you.
If you walk down the toothbrush aisle at your local grocery store, supercenter, or drugstore, you will notice that toothbrushes come in different strengths: extra soft, soft, and medium. But how can you decide which strength is best for you and your needs?
Extra Soft- Extra soft toothbrushes are designed for individuals who have sensitive or receding gums due to things like gingivitis are harsh brushing. The extra soft bristles on this type of toothbrush will help clean your teeth without too harsh of pressure.
Soft- If you don’t have bad gums and you’re not too hard on your toothbrush, then a soft toothbrush is likely the right option for you. Designed for the average patient, soft toothbrushes will give you the right amount of pressure and strength to help clean your teeth.
Medium- This strength of toothbrush isn’t recommended for most people because it can cause gums to bleed and even recede if you brush too hard. However, if you are notorious for having strong gums and teeth, and are extra hard on your soft bristled brush, then try a medium toothbrush.
Toothbrushes come with different curvatures of handles and bristles— some are more angled than others, giving patients the ability to reach some of those hard to get to places. When shopping for the shape of your toothbrush, try to make note of your problem areas. For instance, do you have a hard time reaching your back molars? Can you seem to not get your tongue clean enough? By understanding your problems areas, you can help to pick a toothbrush with the best shape possible.
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