Which one should you choose?
Toothbrush – A small brush with a long handle, used for cleaning the teeth.
A simple and straight forward definition for an oral hygiene tool that comes in so many different shapes and sizes. With so many types of toothbrushes available, how do you know which kind of toothbrush is right for you? The most important thing when choosing a toothbrush is that it is soft, fits comfortably in your mouth and is easy to hold and manipulate to effectively clean your teeth.
Different types of toothbrushes:
- Soft – highly recommended for everyone including children
- Nimbus (extra soft) – recommended for people with receding gums or enamel abrasions.
- Medium/Hard – not recommended
- Regular or Compact size – recommendations depend of the size of your mouth
- Sonicare – recommended for everyone.
Dr. Leslie B. Anthony recommends using a soft bristled brush to effectively remove plaque and debris from your teeth. Soft bristled toothbrushes are the most commonly used toothbrush and are very easy to find.
An extra soft micro fine toothbrush that was created by a periodontist that has two levels of extra fine tapered bristles that clean difficult to reach areas. This brush is great for people with sensitive teeth.
Medium to hard
These very stiff bristled toothbrushes are not recommended because stiff bristles can irritate and damage gums, erode enamel and even cause your root surfaces to become exposed if gums have receded.
Regular or Compact size
If you have a smaller mouth or trouble reaching hard to clean areas the compact size is recommended and will allow you to clean your teeth more completely.
An electric toothbrush that provides a deep cleaning action that effectively cleans the teeth and stimulates the gums while still being extremely gentle, even on sensitive teeth. It vibrates 31,000 strokes per minute and creates pressure waves in the bristles that results in the production of bubbles that help to dislodge plaque. This toothbrush may be a good option for someone that has dexterity or range of motion issues with their hands as it does some of the work for you. This toothbrush also has a built in two-minute timer.
Leslie B. Anthony D.M.D. recommends that you brush your teeth a minimum of two minutes. Pay close attention to making sure all surface areas get cleaned with proper brushing techniques. Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle using short back and forth strokes against the teeth and gums going around the entire surface of every tooth, top and bottom, front and back while applying light to moderate pressure. Pressing too hard with your toothbrush can be detrimental to your teeth and gums. This can cause abrasions to the enamel and gum tissue which can lead to tooth sensitivity. In addition, don’t forget to floss – it’s just as important as brushing.
We recommended that you change your toothbrush out every 3-4 months. Repeated use creates normal wear and tear on the bristles making them breakdown and become less effective at removing plaque from your teeth and gums.Along with brushing and flossing daily it is important to schedule a professional cleaning every six months with one of our friendly hygienists at the office of Leslie B. Anthony D.M.D.