Selecting the Proper Toothbrush

Next to bathing and washing, one of the most common things Americans do each day is brushing their teeth. In fact, the average American spends almost 1,000 hours in their lifetime brushing their pearly whites. For optimal results, it is very important to purchase a toothbrush that feels comfortable and works well. 

With so many different types of bristles and handles, selecting a particular toothbrush can be more difficult than you might think. It is essential to keep in mind that whatever toothbrush you choose you brush your teeth properly and regularly. Many people simply do not brush long enough – less than a minute – when two or three minutes is considered the proper length of time for optimal cleaning. A thorough brushing should reach all areas of the mouth and scrub off cavity-causing bacteria. It is highly recommended to brush at least twice every day.

No matter the brand, any toothbrush you choose should have soft bristles. Hard bristles can cause gum tissue to pull back from teeth. This can then expose the root of the tooth and increase sensitivity to many different types of foods or beverages. This exposure can also lead to a painful sensation to hot and cold products.

In general, you want to choose a toothbrush that fits very easily into the mouth. The brush head should be able to brush one or two teeth at once. If you are considering a powered toothbrush, keep in mind studies have shown electric brushes do not do a better job of cleaning than a regular brush. However, if you have arthritis or any condition that effects hand dexterity, an electric brush can be very helpful.

It is important to remember to replace your toothbrush roughly every three months. As soon as the bristles begin to show signs of fraying, it is time to purchase a new brush. Worn toothbrushes do a poor job of cleaning teeth. Also make sure to replace your current brush after recovering from an illness, such as a cold or bout of the flu.

In the Chicago suburb of Glenview, please call the office of Dr. Malik at (847) 724-1771 for any questions regarding toothbrushes, cleanings or other dental concerns. The doctor and his experienced staff can address all your questions and ensure you and your entire family keep your bright smiles for years to come.