Happy 2020 from your Crestwood KY dentist! The new year is the perfect time to establish your goals and get organized. Since your toothbrush should also be replaced every three months, mark in your calendars when it’s time to replace it again. Old toothbrushes can harbor bacteria, and bristles wear down naturally over time, becoming less effective. This is a great time to find a replacement toothbrush that’s best for you, whether you’re looking locally near your Crestwood KY dentist or online. Here are some options to consider when looking for the best toothbrush to buy in 2020:
Classic manual toothbrushes require your muscles to do the work when it comes to brushing. There are many options that will assist you in your specific oral health needs, which we’ll discuss further. Buying one with an ADA seal will ensure that the bristles won’t fall out in your mouth and are delicate enough to prevent any damage to your gums and soft tissue.
Electric toothbrushes are a great option for those who have trouble brushing manually for two minutes. These typically have a built-in timer and several options for stroking direction or speed. Examine your electric toothbrush options carefully to ensure that they have a rotational setting, so that your teeth get the benefits of brushing in small gentle circles, and not just up and down or side to side vibrations.
The design is especially important when considering which manual toothbrush to use, as it will allow you to reach and comfortably clean your entire mouth. Rectangular-shaped or diamond-shaped heads are the two most common choices for the end of the brush. Diamond-shaped heads will reach in tight corners better than rectangular heads. For those who have not had their wisdom teeth removed, this option may make a huge difference in supporting your oral health.
Even the design of the bristles can help support your unique oral health needs. The basic square design may work for some people and may need you to brush with more attention to detail. Criss-cross bristles can assist you in lifting the plaque from the tooth’s surface while a wavy or multi-level design can help you reach adjacent areas and hard-to-reach places in your mouth. Polishing bristles can help lift surface stains effectively.
The hardness or softness of your bristles can benefit different unique needs too. Soft bristles will be more gentle on your gums and soft tissue than tough bristles. However, they may not be able to remove the buildup of plaque that tough bristles are able to handle. Use softer bristles for softer, more gentle gums, or for kids. Bristles that are too tough may put you at risk for periodontal disease and gum recession, so keep an eye out for bleeding gums or sensitivity.
Even the handles can make a huge impact on the way you brush your teeth. Classic rectangular handles may work better for straight teeth or for those with more control or dexterity in their hands. Calculated handles can assist you in reaching the deep corners of your mouth. Adaptable handles can assist how well you maneuver without overexerting yourself. A gripped handle can prevent any slips into gentle gums or from hitting your teeth too hard.
Because toothbrushes should be replaced every three months, consider the environmental impact of the materials used in your toothbrush. There are bamboo, wooden, or recycled toothbrushes that minimize waste and plastic use. Toothbrushes made from renewable or recycled materials are preferable to single or multi-use plastics that photodegrade and contribute to environmental pollution.
Ultimately, you decide which options are best for you and your oral health needs. We hope that this article was able to shed some light on the different options available to support you. If you enjoyed this article, we invite you to like our Facebook page, as we frequently post tips there as well. We are here to support your smile. If you have any questions about your next toothbrush, ask us during your next checkup. If you haven’t scheduled an appointment with your Crestwood KY dentist for 2020 yet, the new year is a perfect time to set that up too!