What to Look for in a Toothbrush

It’s that time again, Houston! Time for a helpful and informative blog brought to you from the caring and expert staff at the office Antoine Dental Center. We want to do everything we can to keep the people of Houston, TX looking and feeling great, even when you are not in our office. One of the great things about this blog is that it gives us the opportunity to communicate with you about important preventive care techniques and matters that you might not think of on your own.

For example, how much thought do you give to choosing a toothbrush? Do you do tons of research, reading several consumer reviews? Many people do that when choosing a restaurant, so why not do so when choosing a toothbrush?

Actually, choosing a toothbrush does not need to be a complicated and difficult affair, but you don’t want to just buy the first thing you see on sale, either. Your toothbrush is your most valuable tool in your battle against the ills of tooth decay and gums disease, so you should give a little thought to what you are choosing.

Criteria for an Effective Toothbrush

There are really only a few things to consider when choosing a toothbrush, and they are the size of the brush, the firmness of the head, and then it is simply a matter of cost and what you like.

Size – The average adult needs a toothbrush with a head that is about a half an inch wide and an inch long, but this depends entirely on the size of your mouth. If the head of your toothbrush is too big it will be hard to get into the back of your mouth to clean those molars, and it could could make brushing your tongue uncomfortable, especially if you have a very sensitive gag reflex.

But if the head of your toothbrush is too small, you are going to have a difficult time getting adequate coverage. You will be spending more time and energy brushing your teeth than necessary, and you will be more likely to miss spots, letting plaque form on your teeth.

The length of the handle on your toothbrush is not as important, just so long as you can get a firm grip on it, and easily maneuver the brush inside your mouth.

Bristle Firmness – Toothbrush bristles come in only three varieties: soft, medium, and hard, but in truth, soft bristles are the only ones most people need. How vigorously you brush has some bearing on the type of bristle you need, but for the most part, soft bristles will do the job. What’s worse, if your bristle is too hard you could strip your enamel and damage your teeth.

If you feel you may need a more bristle, for whatever reason, consult with the staff at Antoine Dental Center. They will help you choose a brush that will get your teeth clean without damaging your teeth.
Cost – The price range for toothbrushes is very wide. You can find them on sale for less than a dollar, or you can pay as much as $5,000 for a titanium toothbrush. But there really is no correlation between the amount of money you spend on a toothbrush and its ability to clean your teeth.

Ultimately, find a toothbrush that meets the criteria established above and that you like and find effective, and then pay as little as you can for that toothbrush. If an inexpensive dollar store toothbrush does it for you, then buy that one. If you feel like you need a titanium toothbrush, then start saving your money.

What About Electric Toothbrushes?

As far as the electric vs. manual toothbrush debate goes, it mostly just come down to personal preference. Study after study has shown that electric toothbrushes are no better or no worse than manual ones. And since you will be replacing the head of an electric toothbrush as often as you will replace a manual toothbrush, you will not be saving any money with an electric one.

However, if you have trouble hold or manipulating a toothbrush because of an injury or arthritis, then an electric toothbrush may be extremely beneficial. It all depends on your individual needs.

Let Us Help You

Choosing a toothbrush should by no means be stressful or difficult decision, but it is an important one. So, if you feel you are not getting what you need out of your toothbrush, visit Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX. We will help you choose a toothbrush along with all your preventive care needs.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.