Oral health professionals often suggest that you replace your toothbrush every three months or whenever you notice the bristles fraying – whichever is sooner – to keep your mouth healthy. There’s no better time to freshen up your toothbrush than at the new year! But what toothbrush is best for you?
- Consider the size of brush head. If your mouth is small, or if you have a hard time reaching the back teeth, opt for a compact brush head. Some adults even use children’s toothbrushes that fit their mouths better.
- Something to consider: Technique is very important when using a manual toothbrush – learn the proper way to brush to ensure complete plaque removal
- Consider the “action” of the brush- for example, spinning action versus sonic wave technology. Ask your dental hygienist what they recommend for your unique teeth and mouth.
- Something to consider: If you have gum recession or tend to brush too hard, an electric toothbrush might be a good option for you. But be sure to let the brush do the work (don’t push too hard or use a scrubbing action during brushing; it’s not necessary and can further damage gum tissue).
- Begin brushing baby’s teeth when the first tooth appears in the mouth. You can use a baby toothbrush or use a washcloth to clean the teeth.
- Look for size recommendations on the toothbrush package; these are usually categorized by the child’s age.
- Look for brushes that have extra soft bristles.
- Help the little ones – children typically need help brushing until they have the manual dexterity to tie their shoes.