Regular brushing is the best way to maintain a healthy smile. That’s why it’s important to consider not only how you brush your teeth but also what you use to get the job done.
Here’s what you need to know about the choosing the best toothbrush for you.
First, let’s talk about some brushing basics. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following:
• Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Even medium-bristled brushes can damage your gums and the enamel on your teeth.
• Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time.
• Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums.
• Brush the top, front, and back surfaces of your teeth.
• Use gentle short back and forth strokes to clean your teeth.
• Use a fluoride toothpaste.
• Floss. Whether you want to do it before or after brushing is up to you.
• Never share your toothbrush with someone else.
A regular toothbrush has a limited lifespan. To take good care of your teeth, you have to take good care of your toothbrush.
Toothpaste and germs can build up in your toothbrush. To keep your toothbrush clean and germ free, follow these tips:
• Rinse it thoroughly under running water after each use, making sure to clean off any stuck on toothpaste and debris.
• Tap the toothbrush to shake off excess water.
• Store it upright and allow it to air dry. This helps keep bacteria from forming. For daily use, don’t store your toothbrush in a closed container. This can trap moisture that can lead to bacterial growth.
• Make sure your toothbrush doesn’t touch other toothbrushes in the holder, to avoid cross contamination.
To get the most out of your toothbrush, replace a manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three or four months. Frayed bristles are a sign that the toothbrush or brush heads needs replacing.
Most of us learn to brush our teeth using a manual toothbrush. There’s nothing wrong with using a regular toothbrush, but it does require more work. Manual toothbrushes can also be difficult for those with mobility issues, such as arthritis.
Electric toothbrushes can be more expensive initially. But there are some affordable options, such as SmileDirectClub’s electric toothbrush. And in the long run, the benefits of an electric toothbrush can make a difference in other ways.
• Most electronic toothbrushes come with built in timers, to ensure you’re brushing the full 2 minutes.
• They are helpful for those with mobility issues, such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
• They are generally easier to use since there’s less manual work.
• They can reduce waste since you replace only the head and not the entire toothbrush.
• They can be more helpful to clean your teeth if you have braces or other oral appliances.
Here’s what you’ll get if you decide to upgrade to a SmileDirectClub electric toothbrush:
• The SDC electric toothbrush cleans 50% better than an ordinary, manual toothbrush.
• Quiet sonic vibrations move bristles, not your hand.
• Versatile 3-in-1 case acts as a counter stand, magnetic mirror mount, and travel cover.
• Angled brush head allows you to clean hard to reach areas.
• Built in tongue scraper to say goodbye to bad breath.
• Unique 3-bristle blend softly scrubs, gently cleans, and massages gums.
• 30-second quadrant timer guides brushing for 2 minutes total.
• One mode for easy use.
• Replaceable brush head.
Whichever toothbrush you find is right for you, your teeth will benefit from twice a day brushing and flossing.