Having the right tools can go a long way towards helping you get the results you want. So, how do you know which type of toothbrush to get? With so many options, we’re not surprised when our patients come to us feeling overwhelmed! Here are 5 things to look for in a new toothbrush to help you find one that is gentle and effective.
1. Soft Bristles
One of the first things to look for in a new toothbrush is soft bristles to ensure that the toothbrush will be gentle on your tooth enamel and gums. Especially if you tend to be a more enthusiastic brusher, stiffer bristles can cause a lot of extra gum irritation and might lead to premature erosion of your enamel.
2. Correct Size
Another thing to look for is the size of the toothbrush head. This is important for people with smaller mouths or if you still have your wisdom teeth. Making sure that you can reach the top and side surfaces of every tooth is crucial to ensuring you’re able to keep your teeth clean and healthy!
3. Built-In Timer
Built-in timers might seem like a simple feature, but they can make a huge difference in the long run! It might not seem like a big deal to rush through brushing your teeth once in a while, but if you do it too often it can add up. Brushing thoroughly and consistently is important to prevent plaque from hardening into tartar or causing cavities.
4. Pressure Sensor
Pressure sensors come standard on many electric toothbrushes, but it’s always a good idea to check to make sure! Pressure sensors work by pausing your toothbrush when you’re brushing too hard to help alert you and protect your teeth and gums from unnecessary irritation and premature dental erosion.
5. Integrated App
Easily one of our favorite things to look for in a new toothbrush is the capability for the toothbrush to connect with a smartphone dental app. These apps can provide real-time tracking and feedback to help encourage healthy brushing habits and good brushing technique. It’s like having a dedicated brushing coach cheering you on every step of the way!
Call our Traverse City Dental Office, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.