Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps to strengthen your enamel and create stronger teeth; brushing with a fluoride toothpaste builds up fluoride in your saliva. Dentists typically do not recommend either a manual or a powered toothbrush; however, they tend to use powered toothbrushes in their offices.
Choosing a Powered Toothbrush
If you have dexterity problems or simply want an easier way to clean your teeth, a powered toothbrush is very effective if you buy the right one. They help reduce the chance of applying too much pressure to your gums. Also, they make it easier to remove plaque as you move the brush from one tooth to the next. Dentists tend to use round brush heads in their offices but that’s not a necessity.
Essentially, the best toothbrush is the one that you will use twice a day! Also, you should brush your teeth whenever you eat something very sugary or sticky.
Choosing a Manual Toothbrush
Most manual toothbrushes are sufficient. They need to have soft bristles that are in good shape; you should replace the toothbrush every three months or whenever the bristles start to get frayed at the ends. The manual toothbrush should be comfortable in your hand and allow you to reach all of your teeth.
You should place the brush head at a 45 degree angle to the gum line; brush from the gums all the way to the tip of the tooth.
The American Dental Association (ADA) actually offers a seal of approval to different toothbrushes that meet their standards, powered or manual. The head of the toothbrush has to be made of a material that is safe for the mouth, the bristles need to be soft but durable, and the bristles need to resist falling out. The handle material needs to be durable. Finally, the toothbrush needs to prove that the average adult can use it to reduce gum disease and plaque. If a toothbrush meets all of those standards, it gets the seal of approval.
The One You Will Use
The very best toothbrushes are those that are recommended by dentists; next time you go to the dentist office, ask about which type of brush is right for you. They’ll likely give you a brush to take home with you. However, all dentists will tell you that the best toothbrush is the one you will use. Using an inexpensive toothbrush properly and frequently is much better than using a sophisticated toothbrush infrequently.