A good toothbrush is key to your radiant smile.
If you’ve just had some expensive treatment carried out, a simple toothbrush is key to making sure you keep your smile just as your dentist intended.
We often have patients who are about to leave our surgery having had a relatively expensive treatment such as a dental crown – and who are keen to maintain their newly restored smile. When you consider the dental crown cost, it obviously makes sense that they want to do everything possible to protect all that great work from their dentist.
Obviously, we talk to them about the benefits of a good oral health routine, and at the very heart of this is your choice of toothbrush. It sounds so basic, but the toothbrush you use today is one of the most important tools in your armoury when it comes to having – and keeping – a bright, radiant smile.
Twenty years ago, the choice would have been relatively simple, but if you enter your supermarket or chemist today, the choice is baffling. Often, because we’re overwhelmed by the choice, we simply accept the one that looks the best. This is very definitely NOT the route to go.
Probably the first thing you have to decide is whether you want a manual or an electric toothbrush. Trust us when we say that both of them work very well – assuming you’re suing them correctly. Let’s take a look at the relative merits of each.
The Manual Toothbrush
There are a few key decisions that you have to make in choosing your manual brush. First of all, if it’s for children, it’s essential that you buy a small or medium-sized head – this will be suitable for smaller teeth and mouths.
Also, you should always opt for medium to soft bristles, as these are more friendly to your teeth and gums.
And finally, although it may seem blindingly obvious, you need to pick a colour or size that makes it easy to differentiate from the others in your bathroom. You don’t want a situation where you’re using someone else’s brush – and someone else’s bacteria!
Next time you’re in with us, we’ll be happy to mention a few brands that we find reliable – and that would be appropriate to your particular requirements.
The Electric Toothbrush
The first thing you should look for is whether it’s a sonic toothbrush or an oscillating version. The first of these has a vibrating motion while the second actually moves around in a circular motion.
You also need to choose between one that needs batteries or one that can be recharged by plugging it into a socket.
After that, there are all sorts of fancy extras you can buy – like a brush that tells you when you’re finished brushing, or one that has a pressure sensor, for example.
You’ll also find that the heads wear out quite quickly because of their fast motion, so make sure that you can easily buy replacement heads before you make the decision to buy it.
And finally, you have to decide what you’re prepared to pay. We’d probably advise you to be wary of the cheapest one on the market – but that’s not to say that you have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on a super-fancy brush. Somewhere in the middle will do just fine!
We’ll talk another day about whether there’s really much of a difference between the manual and the electric brush, but for now, remember that you don’t want to waste the dental crown cost by using a cheap and inappropriate or worn brush. So keep that dental crown looking beautiful – simply give it the brush!