By James L. Pyle, DDS
October 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Toothbrush  

There are so many toothbrushes out there. Find out which one is right for you.

When it comes to shopping for your smile you may think it’s as simple as grabbing the closest toothbrush and toothpaste, but if you want Toothbrushto keep your smile healthy and looking its best you may want to spend a little more time considering which type of toothbrush is right for your oral care needs. After all, our Durham, NC dentist Dr. James Pyle wants to be able to give all patients a clean, cavity-free bill of health!

It’s All About the Bristles

When you choose your next toothbrush inspect the bristles before you buy. Soft bristles are usually the best option, particularly for those who brush with a heavy hand. Hard bristles can possibly irritate or damage gums while also causing unnecessary wear and tear on healthy enamel, which could cause tooth sensitivity.

Size matters

When it comes to choosing a toothbrush also consider the size of the head. You want to have a toothbrush that can easily fit into your mouth and be able to brush one or two teeth at once. The most common size for a toothbrush head is 1” long and ½” wide.

Electric vs. Manual

There is always a debate going about which type of toothbrush is better, but as long as the toothbrush you have motivates you to actually brush your teeth twice a day for about 2-3 minutes at a time then choose whichever toothbrush will do that for you.

Some patients who are heavy-handed also find a powered toothbrush helpful because it applies the necessary pressure so you don’t have to. Electric toothbrushes are also a great option for those with conditions like arthritis in which dexterity is lost. If you are having trouble deciding which type of toothbrush is right for you your Durham, NC general dentist can help.

Toss it Out

A toothbrush doesn’t last forever so it’s important to know what to look for in your toothbrush that tells you its time to throw it out. While most toothbrushes will need to be replaced every three to four months, if you start to notice that the bristles are fraying then it’s time to get a new one.

Whether you have questions about how to care for your smile or if you need to schedule your next routine cleaning your Durham dentist is here for you and your smile. Call our office today and turn to the dental experts for all your questions and needs.