Choosing The Right Toothbrush For You

Choosing The Right Toothbrush For You
Posted on 07/01/2019

Choosing The Right Toothbrush For You

A toothbrush is one of the most vital instruments for bettering oral health, which is why they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In addition, the more tailored a toothbrush is to the owner, the better their experience of brushing their teeth will be. If you have a large mouth, you may prefer a full-sized toothbrush head. If you have a small mouth, opt for a compact head. And some adults even prefer youth or child-sized toothbrushes because they find them easier to use for brushing behind the back teeth.

At Myers Orthodontics, we want to ensure that you’re taking care of your oral health after treatment.

Manual Vs. Electric Toothbrushes

Manual toothbrushes have been the norm for many years. When discussing which toothbrush is right for you, it’s important that you take into consideration how you brush your teeth. If you are a fairly diligent brusher, you’d typically want to use a manual toothbrush since you have a lot more control over the pace at which you brush. However, more and more people are shifting to electric toothbrushes.

Electric toothbrushes come in many different shapes and sizes. Electric toothbrushes also come with replaceable heads which make adapting to the size of your mouth a lot easier. These types of heads allow you to better focus on each individual tooth instead of taking a blanket approach. Electric toothbrushes also utilize rotating technology which is the only technology independently validated as better than manual brushing in reducing plaque and gingivitis.

At Myers Orthodontics, we want you choose the toothbrush that is the right size and style for your mouth and your oral care needs which will enable you to clean your teeth more completely and help prevent bacterial buildup and the development of plaque.

Which Toothbrush Head Is Right For Me?

As we discussed earlier, learning about which brush head fits your oral health needs is vital. Ideally, you’ll want to choose a brush head that allows you to reach all of your teeth individually. Here are a couple of toothbrush heads that you should be mindful of:

  • Angled: An angled toothbrush head helps reach the insides of your teeth, especially the insides of your lower and upper front teeth. These areas can be susceptible to tartar buildup because, for some people, they’re harder to reach with a standard toothbrush head.

  • Compact vs. Full Size: A compact toothbrush head is smaller than a full-size and has fewer bristles. Some people, especially those with small mouths, find compact heads easier to use. But other people simply prefer a full-size brush head, so you may want to try both and choose the one that works best for you.

Your Orthodontist in Knoxville, TN

Still have questions about choosing the right toothbrush? Your first orthodontic appointment is a step in the right direction. At Myers Orthodontics, we’re always happy to answer your questions and help you in any way that we can. If you haven’t booked your appointment yet, use our easy online form to request a complimentary consultation or call our office at (865) 687-6560.