Hello, Plymouth! It’s great to see you taking an interest in your oral health care by checking in on the ongoing blog of Plymouth Dentistry, where we present information and ideas to the people of Plymouth, MI that will help you keep your smile healthy and bright between your visits to our office.

As important as home dental care is, it does not have to be complicated. For the most part, keeping your teeth and gums healthy is a simple matter eating a sensible diet, drinking plenty of water, and of course, brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. Your brushing routine is the cornerstone of your oral health. It keeps your teeth and gums free from bacteria, while freshening your breath, so you can go out every day with the confidence that comes with a healthy smile.

Given the importance of your oral health routine, choosing a toothbrush is a serious matter that will have an effect on your overall health. But how much time do you spend deciding on a toothbrush? Do you research the best product, or do you choose based on color alone? The truth is, you don’t have to put an incredible amount of thought into choosing a toothbrush, but if you haphazardly grab one that is not a fit for your mouth, your teeth could end up paying the price.

What to Look for In a Toothbrush

As we mentioned above, choosing a toothbrush doesn’t really require a ton of research or deliberation. In fact, there are only a few things you need to consider when selecting a toothbrush, but they are important, nonetheless.

Size – The first thing you need to look at is the size of the toothbrush. If your toothbrush is too big or too small, it will not clean your teeth and gums effectively, and bacteria could be left behind to eat away at your teeth until you are left with cavities and gum disease.

Most adults need a toothbrush that is ½ an inch wide by an inch long. This will give you adequate coverage to get your teeth and gums clean, but still give you the maneuverability to reach your back teeth, which are the easiest to miss. The handle of your toothbrush only needs to be long enough to give you a strong grip that will let you control the brush with ease. If the handle is too long, it will be easier to accidentally injure your cheeks and throat when brushing your teeth.

Of course, if you are not the size of an average adult, then you may need to get a bigger or smaller toothbrush. If you think this situation may apply to you, come see our friendly staff at Plymouth Dentistry. We will help you how big or small of a toothbrush you need.

Bristle Firmness – This one is really simple because there are only three choices when it comes to standard bristle firmness, soft, medium, and hard. And almost everybody needs to use soft bristles. Using bristles that are too hard can actually do harm to your oral health by stripping your enamel and damaging your gum tissue.

If for some reason you think you might need a more firm bristle, you should check with us here at our office in Plymouth, just to make sure you are not making a choice that will cause you more problems than solutions.

What about an Electric Toothbrush?

Many studies have been done to determine the benefits of an electric toothbrush, but none have found them to be any better or worse than a manual toothbrush. However, if the mobility of your hands are impaired due to arthritis or an injury, an electric toothbrush could make brushing you teeth easier. Otherwise, it is simply a matter of preference.

Let Us Help

As you can see, choosing a toothbrush is not a difficult decision with a lot of factors to consider, but it is an important decision that needs to be taken seriously. Visit us at Plymouth Dentistry and we can help you with all your oral health decisions.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.