“Ever feel like an enigma, wrapped in a dilemma, surrounded by a conundrum? Yeah, so do I?” -Nanette Matthews
When it comes to toothbrushes that are supposed to brush your teeth, they can make you scratch your head instead. The aisles of grocery stores and drug stores are lined with toothbrushes that tickle your teeth and your eyes! They are made to attract buyers to purchase what they like visually rather than what they need dentally. You’re left with a dilemma as to what is the best toothbrush for you, and which should you buy for your dad?
How do you choose a toothbrush? Remember that a toothbrush is not “one size fits all.” One of the reasons there are so many options is due to the fact that each mouth has a specific size and specific need. In addition, do not fall into the visually tantalizing allure of toothbrush marketing. Buy a toothbrush for its function, not for its color or fanciful appearance. Replace your toothbrush when it shows signs of wear, or every three months. After an illness, it’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush to prevent further sickness.
The conundrum lies in choosing the one that is just right for you. Here a few tips for choosing the right manual toothbrush.
- Most dentists recommend a soft-bristled brush for removing plaque and particles from your teeth. In most cases, small-headed brushes are also necessary. The smaller the head, the better it can get into the small areas of the mouth and the areas that are hard to reach.
- When choosing a handle, don’t be flattered by the colors. Choose one that is most comfortable for you to hold. There are options that help you with your grip such a non-slip.
- The head of the toothbrush is dependent on your preference. Choose a head that allows you to reach all of the areas of your mouth with ease.
There are also electric toothbrush options that we think your dad will love if you’re looking for a great gift for Father’s Day. Electric toothbrushes are great for people who lack manual dexterity such as Arthritis. They typically offer a wider and comfortable handle that is easier to hold and maneuver. An electric toothbrush can also help children who lack motivation, and even the ability to brush correctly. They come in many fun shapes and character styles that appeal to your child. Making brushing fun and easy is the key to building your child’s healthy brushing habits.
When using an electric toothbrush you move from being the brusher to the brush placement person. The toothbrush does the work while you place the bristles to the places all around your teeth that need brushed and cleaned. Electric toothbrushes provide a consistent brush, and they make many more brush strokes than their manual counterparts. Studies have shown that individuals who have chosen electric toothbrushes show a marked improvement in gum health, and the reduction of plaque and gingivitis.
Dr. Huang, at Les Belles NYC, recommends using Phillips Sonicare for its gentle and efficient properties. Phillips Sonicare removes more plaque than a manual toothbrush. This electric toothbrush makes 31,000 brush strokes per minute. A manual toothbrush has about 300 brush strokes per minute. Your father will love the feeling of power in his hand, and your dentist will love that its gentle bristles will not damage the gums.
Regardless of whether you choose an electric or manual toothbrush, there are some things that need to remain the same. You must always brush at least twice a day. If you experience gums that bleed while brushing, be sure to contact Les Belles NYC. You may be using the wrong toothbrush, or the wrong tooth brushing technique. Gums that bleed can also be a sign of Gingivitis. You may need a special treatment to remove the plaque and tartar with special instruments.
With electric and manual toothbrushes, make sure you keep them clean. Rinse your toothbrush under tap water after use to get rid of any lingering toothpaste and saliva. Store your toothbrush in an upright position so it can air dry.
The most obvious common denominator between an electric and manual toothbrush is YOU! You have the power to choose well. The best way to prevent serious problems in your mouth is through proper daily dental habits such as flossing once a day and brushing twice a day.
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