The Best Toothbrush for Good Oral Health
Our recommendation to adults and adolescents is to find a good soft-bristled manual toothbrush that you like. When you do find a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits and is comfortable, you'll have everything you need to practice good oral hygiene. Finding the perfect toothbrush is really that simple.
What's The Best Toothbrush That Will Improve Your Oral Health and Wellness?
Having healthy teeth and gums is important to every aspect of our life. Our personal and professional image, including our human performance, can be affected by the health of our mouth. Having a healthy smile can make or break us, thus making a difference between our success and our failure.
Despite recent advancements in general dentistry and oral healthcare, way too many Americans are suffering from tooth decay and gum disease - all of which are preventable. The reason? Most adults in the U.S. spend less than one minute per day brushing their teeth. And, during that one minute of brushing, they are not paying attention.
"...What's more, most adults are not using the right toothbrush, and their toothbrushing technique is poor at best..."
We intend to teach you how to find the best toothbrush for you. In this article, we will teach you all you need to know about picking the perfect toothbrush, but more importantly, how to be an effective user of the perfect toothbrush.
Education about Toothbrushes and Brushing Technique is the Solution
When it comes to your toothbrush, finding your "comfort" is secret sauce to finding your "perfect toothbrush." The traditional soft-bristled nylon toothbrush is usually the most comfortable for most people, and it gets the job done. As long as the brusher is paying attention and brushing properly and long enough, the soft bristled toothbrush is the best there is.
We recommend you find a soft-bristled toothbrush with the shape and size most comfortable to you. Logically, your best toothbrush is one that comfortably fits your mouth, and you can safely reach all your teeth without discomfort or pain.
"...The golden rule for toothbrushes - it’s not about the toothbrush as much as it is about the person brushing the teeth. In other words, when you take the time and effort to brush properly, a soft-bristled manual toothbrush is more than adequate to get the job done right..."
How important is "comfort" to you? If you are like most people, finding "comfort" with our toothbrush is the priority. The theory is if your toothbrush is comfortable you will have a greater chance at brushing right.
High-Tech Toothbrushes are Okay Too!
For those who insist on having the extra power and the latest technology, there are plenty of battery-powered toothbrushes and other such devices on the market. If you have arthritis or lack dexterity for any reason, the extra power offered by through battery-operated toothbrushes can help a great deal.
Keep in mind, a battery powered toothbrush can be costly. The good news is that the powered brushes work (especially if they have soft-bristled heads). The same can be said about toothbrushes that use pressurized jetted water.
"... The important thing about toothbrushes is the fact that they are worthless unless you brush correctly and frequently..."
We Recommend You Stick with the Toothbrush that Works for You
Basic soft-bristled toothbrushes are cheap and effective and have the highest “likability” rating - bar none! Again, liking your toothbrush is important because when you like your toothbrush the chances of using it properly greatly increase.
"...Bonus Tip: Take several soft-bristled toothbrushes to work with you, and brush after lunch or snacks..."
The formula to good oral hygiene, clean teeth, and fresh breath involves a good soft-bristled manual toothbrush that gets a lot of use.
Also, it is recommended that you brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes per brushing. Make sure that rinse your mouth thoroughly while and after brushing too. It will help to remove food debris from your mouth and assist brushing. Don't forget about flossing! Or, consider using dentist approved toothpicks - they can be helpful for that extra cleaning you need between brushings.
The Best Toothbrushes for Children
First, it's never too early to teach your child good oral health habits. The Academy of Dentistry recommends that children should start brushing their teeth as soon as the teeth appear. Meaning, as soon as the teeth start to rupture through the gums and become visible, it's time to start brushing.
When it comes to the best toothbrush for your toddler or young child, find a toothbrush they will like. Think about having fun. When children like their toothbrush, or they have fun using it, they'll more likely brush often and enjoy the process.
"...Parents should be looking for the toothbrush that is "safe" to use. Not too big, not too small, and the toothbrush they will actually love to use. Small children love to mimic mom and dad, so teach them while they are young and get them in the habit of taking good care of their oral health..."
The goal is to prevent the build-up of plaque and to remove the bacteria that causes tooth decay. So, finding the best toothbrush is only one part of the process. The most important part of toothbrushing for children has to do with the "lifestyle." As young children become toddlers, their parents should have taught and established good oral health habits. When the young child takes responsibility of his/her teeth, the battle is mostly won.
The important thing for children is the fact that they brush at least twice per day. It's about cleaning their teeth, but as stated before it's also about developing good oral health habits while they are still young.
Toothbrushes for Kids come in a variety of colors, and the most popular toothbrushes are associated with their favorite cartoon character or superhero. Have fun, and pick a toothbrush that kids will look forward to using. Don't be boring.
We recommend to parents to stay away from toothbrushes that have big heads. Your child's toothbrush can have big handle, making it easier to hold and maneuver, but make sure that the head of the toothbrush (the part that goes into the mouth) is small, and gets the job done. Your child should be able to reach every surface of every tooth.
7 Essential Rules for Picking The Best Toothbrush for You
There is no scientific research that shows any particular toothbrush is designed better than any other toothbrushes. The best info we have about the performance of toothbrushes comes from experience. Dentists, as you'd figure, have the most experience regarding toothbrushes that work. The goal of toothbrushing is to remove plaque and food particles - which prevents tooth decay and gum disease. Who better than your dentist to help you brush better?
Toothbrushes matter, but not as much as the behavior and diligence of the brusher. The thing that matters the most is "brushing." Therefore, the best toothbrush is always the one that gets used! One-third of adults in the U.S. don't brush long enough. About the same number of adults do not brush thoroughly. So, although the type of toothbrush you use matters, it does not matter as much as how often you brush, or how long you brush.
"...Toothbrushing and flossing are only one part of the "clean and healthy teeth" equation. Periodic checkups with your dentist and cleanings from a dental hygienist are also very important..."
To effectively clean all surface areas of your teeth and remove the cavity-causing bacteria, we recommended that you brush three to four minutes, twice per day. Additionally, you should floss in between brushings. Lastly, plan on visiting the dentist several times per year for a deep cleaning.
Use These 7 Rules to Picking Your Perfect Toothbrush:
1. The best toothbrush has soft nylon bristles. Hard bristles, no matter what you've been told or what you have experienced, can cause damage to your gums. You don't want to damage your gums through brushing. The handle of the brush should be long (8 inches), and as wide as comfortable (for a better grip). The top of the toothbrush (the head) should be slim and narrow. It's vital that your toothbrush allows you to brush the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth and teeth.
2. The best toothbrush will have a head size that fits effortlessly into your mouth without discomfort or pain. You should be able to access all surface areas of all your teeth. Experiencing pain while brushing means that you have the wrong toothbrush, or you have dental or gum problems. Either way, seek a dentist for help.
3. The best toothbrush will have a head size that allows you to brush one tooth at a time, or two at the most. Angled heads, raised bristles, oscillating tufts don't matter if the head of the toothbrush is too big, or prevents you from reaching the hard-to-clean areas.
4. The best toothbrush will have a head no longer than 1 inch, and about 1/2 inch wide. Anything bigger might obstruct you from reaching the hard-to-get areas of your teeth.
5. Powered toothbrushes work, but they are just as good as an inexpensive soft-bristled toothbrush. We recommend powered toothbrushes for people with poor dexterity, a weak grip, or lack of motion at the wrist or fingers. So, unless you need assistance brushing your teeth, don't waste your money on a battery powered toothbrush. Get a powered toothbrush only if you need that extra performance. Otherwise, a regular soft-bristled toothbrush will work perfectly.
6. Replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles are worn down. A worn down toothbrush does not clean teeth well. A good toothbrush will last 3 to 6 months. To be safe, don't be afraid to replace your toothbrush every three months. Bonus tip: Toss your toothbrush after an illness.
7. No matter how good your toothbrush may be, DON'T RUSH THE BRUSH! Your brush will only take you so far, and the best results from brushing your teeth come from the "operator" of the toothbrush - that's you! Take your time, and get every surface of every tooth. Do a good job.
The Best Brushing Techniques
Although there are several very effective tooth brushing techniques, it's wise to consult with your dentist as to which technique is best for you. Some dentists will recommend that you use a circular, elliptical brushing motion at a 45-degree angle, brushing one or two teeth at a time until you've thoroughly cleaned every tooth.
Other dentists suggest that you brush the outside of your teeth first, then the inside, and finally the top of the tooth surface, using a back-and-forth motion (being careful not to wear down or damage your gums). Regardless of how you brush, the point is to get the advice of the person who knows your teeth best, and that is your dentist or dental hygienist.
Since every mouth and set of teeth are different, including yours, ask your dentist! If you visit your dentist on a regular basis, he or she is in the best position to guide you toward the best technique for you. If this answer seems obvious, it's because it is obvious. To get the input from your dentist is the best advice we can offer.
For more information about finding the best toothbrush, visit The Academy of General Dentistry, KnowYourTeeth.com, or click here. Another good source of information about finding the perfect toothbrush for adults, children, and all, click here.
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