It’s a little cliché to say that a healthy smile can light up a room – but it’s true! Plus, maintaining your dental health is an essential part of overall well-being. However, when it comes to toothbrushes and toothpaste, there’s an overwhelming amount of options on the market.
How do you choose the right ones?
At Brightcraft Dental & Laser, we are committed to helping you maintain optimal oral health, starting with prevention at home. Here’s our guide to making informed decisions about what works best for your dental care situation at home.
Selecting the Ideal Toothbrush
Generally speaking, electric toothbrushes are better overall tools for maintaining your oral health. They do a lot of the work for you, which can lead to more effective cleaning. We recommend a model with a rotating-oscillating brush head for optimal cleaning.
We recommend finding a model with adjustable power settings, especially if you have sensitive teeth or gums. Children, older adults, and people with physical disabilities may also find electric toothbrushes easier to handle and use effectively, which is something to consider. If you find electric toothbrushes too intense or too expensive for your price range, there’s no harm in considering just regular toothbrushes.
Regular toothbrushes may lack the bells and whistles of their electric counterparts, but they can still be an excellent choice. It’s better to brush regularly than to chase the gains in effectiveness from sometimes harsh vibrating movement, only to find you’re brushing your teeth less often. So, if you find soft bristles easier to use, you should go for it!
When selecting a regular toothbrush, look for soft, rounded bristles that can gently clean your teeth and gums. Toothbrushes with hard bristles can damage your gums and enamel.
The handle and head size should be comfortable and appropriate for your mouth. It should be easy to maneuver the toothbrush around your teeth and gums, in the crevices where cleaning is most important. We recommend toothbrushes with smaller heads to access these hard-to-reach areas better.
Of course, you should also be pairing your brushing with regular flossing at least once a week. If you find regular floss tricky, you can try flossers, which some people find easier to use, getting them to floss more consistently.
Choosing the Perfect Toothpaste
Choosing the right toothpaste depends mainly on your specific dental needs. At Brightcraft Dental & Laser, we often suggest toothpaste with fluoride, a compound that aids in fighting tooth decay.
For sensitive teeth, desensitizing toothpaste can be a good choice. It contains ingredients that help block the pathways through the teeth that attach to nerves, reducing sensitivity.
For cosmetic concerns, you can see some improvement over the long term with whitening toothpaste. These contain polishing or chemical agents designed to improve tooth appearance. However, you should proceed cautiously, as some may lead to enamel erosion.
Finally, if you’re prone to cavities or gum disease, look for toothpastes that target these issues. Some kinds of toothpaste can specifically target plaque and tartar build-up, while others can even fight gingivitis.
Your Dentist is Your Ally
Your Burbank dentist at Brightcraft Dental & Laser is here to help. In addition to regular oral maintenance at home, we highly recommend regular check-ups at our Los Angeles, CA, dental office to discuss your oral health and get personalized advice. By looking at your oral health history, lifestyle, and preferences, we can help guide you to the best toothbrush and toothpaste.
Investing in the right dental tools is a small but significant step toward maintaining your oral health. Whether you prefer a traditional toothbrush or a state-of-the-art electric model or you need toothpaste for sensitive teeth or whitening, Brightcraft Dental & Laser has got you covered.