If your toothbrush looks worn or frayed, you need to replace it immediately. Continuing to use the same toothbrush can hurt the enamel on your teeth. That is because the coating covering the bristles also wears down and exposes the layer underneath – a layer that can scratch the enamel and lead to erosion over time.
Always Select a Toothbrush Approved by the ADA
Before selecting a toothbrush, ask us for our recommendations so you stay on the right track. Always buy a toothbrush that has been recommended and approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Do not choose a generic substitute. The toothbrush head should be soft, not medium or firm. While medium and firm toothbrushes are available in the marketplace, it is better to choose a soft toothbrush for at-home dental care. Medium or firm toothbrushes can erode the enamel and remove more than plaque and residue, especially if you brush with too much force.
Choose a Toothbrush that Is Easy to Navigate
You also need to choose a toothbrush with a comfort-grip handle – one that is easy for you to hold and navigate. If you buy a toothbrush for a child, they should be able to hold the brush without difficulty. The toothbrush head should also fit comfortably in the mouth. Some adults may need to buy a toothbrush with a smaller head so they can clean their teeth more proficiently.
Select a Hands-free U-brush or Electric Toothbrush If You Have Mobility Concerns
A U-shaped automatic electric toothbrush (UAET) featuring silicone bristles, which provides simultaneous action on both arches, can be helpful for patients with psychomotor difficulties. If you have a condition, such as arthritis, using an electric toothbrush, again, endorsed by the ADA, which features a round head, can be effective for cleaning plaque and debris.
If you have questions about buying the right toothbrush for you, ask us first. The above information gives you some ideas about how to make a selection. You should also book regular dental cleanings and exams every 6 months. Give us a call today to arrange an appointment for an exam and cleaning.