A Fresh Beginning
At long last, the clock brings us into 2021. The previous year has been unforgettable, to say the least, so we know that many folks are looking forward to new beginnings. Starting over with your toothbrush might seem like a small change, but it is an important one nonetheless. With a good toothbrush, you can ensure that you’re treating your teeth right all year long. We generally recommend changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, but if you want to start fresh, go ahead and toss it for something that gives you that brand-new feeling.
Choosing the Right Fit
Upon bringing a new toothbrush into your life, make sure you know what qualities your toothbrush should have. Our first recommendation is to seek out a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Harder bristles are tougher on the enamel, resulting in greater wear on your teeth. It may seem like softer bristles are less effective at cleaning teeth at first thought, but trust us when we say they are the best choice.
Manual Vs Power
It’s a fierce competition between the manual toothbrush and the power toothbrush, but there can only be one victor. Drum roll, please! The trophy goes to the power brush! As a whole, the power brush does a better job at cleaning teeth. Plus, many power toothbrushes have 2-minute timers and buzz when too much pressure is placed on the teeth, making power brushes an exceptional addition to your oral health routine. These features are best for a healthy mouth, but keep in mind that you’ll need to replace the brush head about every three months or so. You can still do a great job cleaning with a manual brush, but in general, we have found that power toothbrushes take home the gold.
Toothpaste and toothbrushes go hand-in-hand. Choosing great toothpaste means that your toothbrush can do its job without harming your teeth. In fact, toothpaste that is too abrasive, meaning it is harsh on your teeth, can scratch and wear down the surface of those pearly whites. Charcoal toothpaste, for example, is highly abrasive. Imagine rubbing tiny pebbles across your teeth. That’s charcoal toothpaste for you. In order to find the best toothpaste, you can reference this toothpaste abrasiveness chart. Your teeth will be especially happy that you found a great toothpaste.
Toothbrush Care & Storage Tips
After you have chosen the perfect toothbrush to take you into the new year, you’ll be in charge of taking care of your toothbrush, which includes proper storage. We warn against storing your toothbrush in a container because these products have a tendency to invite bacterial growth. Instead, air dry your brush upright to prevent bacteria from throwing a party on your toothbrush. Yuck!
Another way to be mindful of your toothbrush care is by preventing airborne toilet particles from reaching the bristles. To ensure this, keep the brush at least 6 feet away from where you’re flushing. You might consider keeping it in a closet or a separate room as well. As a final and important tip, never share your toothbrush with others in order to avoid swapping bacteria (ew!). Every brush you use is meant for your mouth alone so that you can enjoy feeling fresh for the years to come.
We carry power toothbrushes and brush heads at an affordable price. Contact us today to make an appointment and get set up with a new toothbrush.