Over the years, you’ve heard it a million times from your dentist, mom, and dad: “Brush your teeth!” It’s the most commonly known and accepted way to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and to maintain a healthy mouth. Still today, it should be the foundation of your oral hygiene regimen and you should brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day.
Just like anything, it’s not quite as simple as, “Brush your teeth.” There are hundreds of types of toothbrushes available and many varied opinions on how long to brush, what type of brush to use, which motion is best, etc.
Brush Your Teeth: Selecting the Best Toothbrush
With so many choices available, it can be difficult to know which toothbrush is the best. From electric to manual, to soft, medium, and hard bristles, choosing a brush can be more time-consuming than actually brushing your teeth these days. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when selecting a toothbrush. (2)
- Electric Isn't the Only Way to Brush: While an electric toothbrush might make it easier for some to brush your teeth, according to the American Dental Association, a manual toothbrush can do the trick as well. (3) It’s all about how you use it. Regardless of which kind you choose to brush your teeth, make sure you get all tooth surfaces.
- Electric Isn't the Only Way to Brush: It's All About the Bristle: Select a brush that has bristles of varying heights. This will allow you to get all the hard-to-reach areas when you brush your teeth.
- Keep It Soft: While you can choose soft, medium, or hard bristle toothbrushes, most dentists will recommend a soft bristle model when you brush your teeth. This makes it easier to clean between teeth.