Toothbrushes typically need to be replaced every three months, and it can be pretty intimidating staring at the wall of options available in most grocery stores. Each package claims different benefits: a tongue scrubber, a smaller bristle head, extra soft bristles…the list goes on. Without your dentist on speed dial, the plethora of options can stir confusion. Should you buy an electric toothbrush or a manual? Should you pick extra soft bristles or hard bristles?
Lucky for you we’ve created this handy guide to help you with this decision. Follow along and find out which option is best for you!
1. Do your gums contain a lot of plaque or gingivitis?
a) Yes – Go for an electric toothbrush! The oscillating motion helps remove plaque that is tough to reach with a manual toothbrush. Continue to question 3.
b) No – Go to Question 2.
2. Do you have sensitive gums and teeth?
a) Yes – Pick a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent any pain while brushing. Continue to question 3.
b) No – Any bristle type will work, but soft bristles are always the best option, especially if you’re a hard brusher. Continue to question 3.
3. Do you often have bad breath?
a) Yes – Look for a brush with a tongue scrubber on the back or if using an electric toothbrush, one that specializes in tongue cleaning. This is more effective than just brushing your tongue and will remove more build-up that can cause bad breath. Continue to question 4.
b) No – You’re all set! Now get brushing and continue to question 4.
4. Bonus Question: Have you been to the dentist for a cleaning in the past 6 months?
a) Yes – Great! Make sure you have your next appointment scheduled and call us at (757) 609-3510 if you don’t.
b) No – Make an appointment! Your dental checkup is important for your overall oral health. Call us at (757) 379-2297 to schedule one.