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What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Use?

When it comes to selecting a toothbrush, there are so many options that it can be overwhelming. But there are some guidelines you can follow to help you choose.

When selecting a manual toothbrush, find one with a compact head. A head that is more compact takes up a smaller surface area on the teeth allowing you to focus on just two or three teeth at a time. Brushing can be more thorough with a compact head. You should also make sure the brush has soft bristles. This reduces the risk of brushing off enamel if you are someone who brushes too hard. Once that enamel is gone, it will not come back. Be conscious of how hard you are brushing.

Electric Toothbrushes are great for people who may not have the dexterity to use a manual toothbrush like children, people with certain diseases or disabilities, and elderly people who may have lost some of their dexterity. Of course, they are great for any person who prefers an electric toothbrush, but they are especially effective for anyone that might have a more difficult time using a manual toothbrush. For braces patients, an electrical toothbrush can be very beneficial because it is easier to maneuver around each bracket and tooth.

If you are trying to decide between electric and manual, it is really a matter of preference. I use a manual brush, but no matter which brush you choose, it all comes down to the way you brush whether you are using a manual or electric toothbrush. Brushing for two minutes twice daily and focusing on each tooth is essential for good oral hygiene.