Brushing and flossing regularly is important, but you need the right materials to really benefit from your good habits.
There are certain characteristics that you should look for in whatever toothbrush you choose, regardless of whether it is manual or powered.
- Size: The best toothbrush head for you should allow you easy access to all surfaces of your teeth. For most adults, a toothbrush head a half-inch wide and one-inch tall will be the easiest to use and the most effective.
- Bristle: A soft-bristled toothbrush is always the safest choice. Medium and firm bristled brushes can damage the gums, root surface, and enamel.
- Expert Recommendation: Ask your dentist for a recommendation or look for manual or powered toothbrushes that have earned the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval.
Is an electric toothbrush better?
As long as you clean your teeth regularly using proper brushing techniques, you should be able to reduce plaque build-up and keep your gums healthy with either a manual or powered toothbrush. An electric toothbrush may have your mouth feeling cleaner but they are much more costly than manual brushes. Talk to your dentist to determine the best option for you.
What toothpaste should I be using?
First things first, you’ll want to choose a flavor you like. If you’re not thrilled with the taste, you’ll be much less likely to brush regularly. The American Dental Association stamp of approval is always something you should look for whether its toothpaste or a toothbrush. Everything else is a matter of personal preference, it comes down to how well the toothpaste cleans your teeth and how fresh it makes your mouth feel.
If you have sensitive teeth, you have a couple of options. There are over-the-counter sensitive toothpastes or you could get a sensitive toothpaste prescription from your dentist, however that can be more costly. Whitening toothpastes can increase sensitivity so you should avoid toothpastes that contain whitening ingredients if you have sensitivity.
Remember using good toothpaste is an essential part of your daily dental care routine. Toothpaste enhances the brushing and cleaning power of your toothbrush. Be sure to ask your dentist what products will work best for you and your own individual oral health needs.