A toothbrush is an oral hygiene instruments that cleans your teeth, gums and tongue. It consists of tightly clustered bristles that are mounted into a handle. Choosing a toothbrush can be confusing, you have many options and varieties to choose from. You have electric powered or manual toothbrushes, soft or hard bristle, large or small, but which one is the best for you? Toothbrushes have come a very long way, the first nylon toothbrush was created in the late 1930’s.  There weren’t many options to choose from.nylon-toothbrush

The best way to choose the correct toothbrush is by talking to your dentist. Dr. Danial Kalantari of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry recommends to all his patients soft bristle manual toothbrush. They work as efficient as electric powered toothbrushes, as long as it’s used correctly. Dr. Danial Kalantari doesn’t recommend his patients to use hard bristle because it can cause recession of the gums if used with force. The size of the toothbrush depends on the size of the teeth, the toothbrush head should be able to allow easy access to all surfaces of the teeth.

Choosing an electric powered toothbrush depends on the patients comfort. The cost of electric powered toothbrushes is many times higher than regular manual toothbrushes. The heads of an electric powered toothbrush have to be changed every time it begins to wear out. Some electric toothbrushes have interchangeable heads and some are specifically for patients in orthodontic treatment. Electric powered toothbrushes works good for kids, in most cases it gives the kids motivation to brush their teeth. The brushing should be supervised by an adult to make sure the child is brushing correctly and doesn’t hurt themselves.54ff0399645c1-oral-b-professionalcare-5000-electric-toothbrush-xl

If you are still undecided of electric powered or manual toothbrushes, you should schedule your regular dental exam. In your exams you can talk to your dentist regarding which toothbrush works best for you. Your dentist can let your know the size and what bristles works best. If you have any questions you can always contact your friendly staff at Smiles on Bristol Dentistry./contact-us/