Toothbrushes are sold in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. They come in both manual and battery-powered versions. With all these available options, it's easy to get confused.
Here's some tips for choosing a toothbrush that is right for you.
Ask your dentist about which type of toothbrush is best for you. The size and shape of the toothbrush should allow you to reach all areas of your mouth.
What about a powered toothbrush?
Both a powered or manual toothbrush will thoroughly clean your teeth. Some powered toothbrushes may remove more plaque compared to a manual version. If you have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, a battery-powered version may be a good choice. Kids often enjoy using a powered toothbrush.
The best toothbrush for you is one that fits your mouth and helps you easily reach every tooth.
Whatever type of toothbrush you choose, pick one that is easy to use so you will be encouraged to brush twice a day.
When Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
It's a good idea to replace your toothbrush:
- Every three months
- When the bristles start to show signs of wear. A worn toothbrush can damage gum tissue.
- Immediately after you've been ill. The bristles can hold germs that can lead to reinfection. Or, disinfect your toothbrush by stirring 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1 cup of water. Swish the bristles in the solution before brushing.
- Replace your toothbrush if the bristles have sharp or jagged edges. They can damage gum tissue.
Whatever toothbrush you choose, remember to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste. Don't forget to floss! Your mouth will thank you.