Does The Right Toothbrush Matter?

Prevention is the best treatment when it comes to most health issues, including your mental health. Regularly brushing your teeth is one of the best ways to maintain your oral health. But, does the type of toothbrush you use actually make a difference? Let's find out! 

Types Of Toothbrushes

Electric or manual? That's one of the most common questions the patients who require our cosmetic dentistry services ask us. 

The answer is not a simple yes or no and depends on several factors. But, first, let's have a look at what differentiates the two types of toothbrushes. 

The Traditional Toothbrush

They may all look pretty much the same, but even traditional toothbrushes have features that are targeted towards certain oral health issues. 

  • The Shape of the Head - Most toothbrushes have a rectangular, blocky head that covers most of the surface of the teeth. Although effective, they can be a bit more difficult to handle. Another type of toothbrush head is the diamond type. These are narrower at the back and front, making it easier to clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • The Firmness of the Bristles - In general, toothbrushes with soft bristles are the best as they are gentle on the teeth and gums, but have quite a high cleaning power. Stiff brushes are not necessarily better as they can damage your teeth and even hurt your gums. 
  • The Pattern Created by the Toothbrushes - It's best to use a wavy pattern brush, so the different lengths can get into hard-to-reach places. Flat toothbrushes don't have the same accessibility and can't clean as effectively as wavy ones. 

Toothbrushes for children are not very different from those for adults, the only thing that differs is the size.

The Electric Toothbrush 

Electric toothbrushes use rotating or vibrating heads in addition to the scrubbing motion you perform. This way, they can ensure a gentle and thorough cleaning of your teeth.

Although most dentists claim there is no difference in brushing quality between traditional and electric toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes are certainly easier to use correctly. 

The rotating action combined with the scrubbing action helps to clean your teeth more efficiently and to do less work when cleaning.  

Does It Matter What Kind Of Toothbrush You Use?

If you are diligent about your oral health and brush your teeth regularly, (twice a day with the recommended toothpaste), then the answer is most likely to be no, the type of toothbrush you use will not seriously affect your oral health.

But, if the opposite is true, then an electric toothbrush could make a difference in your oral health. It's easier to use and can help you maintain your oral hygiene more effectively.

Let Us Take Care of Your Smile! 

At Indigo Dental, we believe in the importance of preventative dentistry and encourage our clients to schedule regular appointments even if everything seems OK. 

Contact us today and let us make sure that your smile stays bright and healthy. 

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