At Top Down Dental, we believe the root of your overall health starts with your oral health. Maintaining proper dental hygiene is just one of the ways to benefit your overall health. Brushing your teeth regularly is just one piece of the puzzle. You might wonder what type of toothbrush is best for your smile. Dr. Nehawandian has all the information you need about what type of toothbrush you should use below.

A group of toothbrushes sitting next to eachother. When thinking about what type of toothbrush you should use what is the best?

Manual Toothbrush

When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, it might seem like the type of toothbrush you buy really matters. With gum disease on the rise, choosing the right toothbrush for you matters more than ever. While the type of toothbrush plays a factor, so does the brushing habits of the user. If you tend to miss areas with a manual toothbrush or you’re lazy about your brushing, a manual toothbrush might not be for you. However, if every time you visit the dentist you always hear positive feedback about your brushing, continue to use a manual toothbrush.

When you go to choose a new toothbrush, try to choose one with soft bristles that are also approved by the ADA. The soft bristles will prevent you from harming your gums. Choose a toothbrush that is comfortable to hold and fits well inside your mouth. Some people may prefer to have a larger or smaller head based on their own preferences.

Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are much more expensive than manual toothbrushes, but it’s for a good reason. An electric toothbrush has more power and does most of the work for you. If you want to ensure you reach every inch of your mouth with minimal effort, an electric toothbrush is for you. Not only do electric toothbrushes take care of most the work for you, some even pair with apps that tell you if you brush too hard or miss areas of your mouth.

The bottom line: the best toothbrush for you is the one you will use correctly and consistently. It’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. You should move your toothbrush in circles around your mouth for best results. Lastly, don’t forget to brush your tongue once you are done brushing your teeth. Removing the bacteria and plaque from your mouth is the best way to combat dental problems down the line. Not only should you brush your teeth, but floss once per day. With these tips, you can maintain good oral hygiene.

If you need advice about your next toothbrush or you would like to schedule a dentist appointment with Dr. Nehawandian, please call us at (408) 354-5600 to schedule an appointment.