A good toothbrush could be the difference between healthy teeth and gums and developing oral-related illnesses. Regular brushing will always be recommended by your dentist and with a good routine your teeth will stay strong and you’ll have a bright, shiny smile you can be proud of.

But, when it comes to choosing a brush what should you go for and how will it affect your teeth?

Electric vs manual brushes

Most dentists will recommend using an electric toothbrush as it usually offers a much deeper clean than the manual kind. Using a vibration and rotation movement, the brush head removes plaque buildup much easier, which prevents bacteria, infections and other related problems. Many electric toothbrushes also come with a timer, so you can ensure you’re brushing for the right amount of time. Of course, a manual toothbrush is better than not brushing at all, but an electric type is definitely something you should consider.

Which bristles are best?

Most people think all toothbrushes are the same, but there is actually a lot of variety between each brush. Choosing an appropriate bristle type can make brushing your teeth more comfortable, using a hard bristled brush could cause bleeding whereas soft bristles may not give you the clean feeling you desire.

How often should you change your toothbrush?

Toothbrushes aren’t designed to last forever, but you’d be surprised how long people decide to keep them for. The more you brush the more the bristles get worn down and can bend out of shape, which means you’re teeth aren’t getting the proper clean they need. Furthermore, with all the food and plaque that’s picked up on your brush, it’s hygienic to make sure you switch brushes regularly. Replacing your toothbrush or brush head every three to four months is fine, however, you may want to do this earlier if you notice any changes.

Here at Riverside Dental Practice in Stirling, we offer a range of services that will keep your teeth and gums in good condition. From check-ups to treatments, as well as cosmetic procedures, our professional team is on hand to help. For more information get in touch today.