• New Year, New Toothbrush!

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    Happy 2020 from your Shoreline dentist! This is the perfect opportunity to replace your old toothbrush and bring in a new one. Your toothbrush should be replaced every few months, as the bristles will naturally wear down over time and old brushes can harbor bacteria. There are so many kinds of toothbrushes to choose from, around Shoreline, WA and online. Here are a few tips to figure out which is the best type of toothbrush for you!

    Manual VS. Electric

    Manual toothbrushes are the classic model. These are handheld. Look for an ADA seal to guarantee that your bristles won’t fall out. The bristles on these brushes are delicate enough to prevent gum damage.

    Electric toothbrushes are helpful for those who have a condition that makes it challenging to properly clean your teeth manually, or if you require a more careful clean. They frequently have built-in timers for two minutes to ensure you’re brushing your teeth for long enough. Those who wear braces may want to consider electric toothbrushes, as the gentle vibration can help loosen unwanted food particles. If you’re shopping for an electric toothbrush, make sure that it has the ability to brush rotationally in little circles, rather than side to side or up and down. This is important to clean the entire surface area of your teeth.

    Head

    The head of your manual toothbrush will either have a diamond-shaped head or a rectangular one. Diamond-shaped heads are slightly preferable, as they can reach the back of your mouth more easily for optimal oral health.

    Bristles

    Your Bristles can be arranged in a combination of ways for different purposes, like:

    • Standard square… your basic model
    • Criss-cross, to lift plaque from the tooth’s surface
    • Polishing, to gently remove surface stains left by acidic food and drinks
    • Wavy, to get inside those nooks and crannies, and 
    • Muti-level, to reach the most hard-to-get places in your mouth

    They can also come in different levels of softness for different purposes. Hard bristles can remove more buildup and plaque than softer bristles can. Tight corners are more easily maneuvered through with harder bristles as well. Be careful with hard bristles though, so as not to damage your gums. Brushing too hard can lead to periodontal disease or gum recession. If your gums are sensitive, consider softer bristles. They may not deep clean as well as a harder bristle would, but you can choose the alternative that makes the most sense for you and your smile.

    Handle

    Manual toothbrushes have many options for handles for different purposes as well:

    • Classic, for a straight and rectangular fit
    • Calculated, to reach the more challenging and hard-to-reach places in your mouth
    • Adaptable, to assist your maneuverability without overexertion 
    • Gripped, to prevent it from slipping in your hands and hitting your teeth or gums too hard

    There are many options for eco-friendly toothbrushes as well, made from recycled or biodegradable materials that won’t pollute the environment as quickly as traditional plastic handles do. There are so many options to choose from, but only you can choose which is the best type of toothbrush for you. If you have questions about which toothbrush is best type of toothbrush for you and your needs, ask your Shoreline dentist during your next appointment. See you then! Until then, our Facebook page can keep you updated with tips for a great smile.