What Are You Using To Brush Your Teeth?
So what is the BEST TOOTHBRUSH
Research shows that toothbrushes with SOFT BRISTLES are least damaging to your GUMS AND ENAMEL. And if you already suffer from gum recession, you ABSOLUTELY want to transition to an EXTRA SOFT bristle toothbrush.
My personal favorite manual toothbrush is the Butler Gum Technique Plus Toothbrush or the Dr. Collins Perio Toothbrush Supersoft which has soft polyester bristles. Images below.
If you are currently using a powered toothbrush, then the most popular brands are Oral B or Sonic care. They differ based on rotation mechanism. Personally, I prefer ORAL B with a soft bristle rotating head.
It is important to remember to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months, as the nylon bristles breakdown, absorb water, and can harbor more bacteria over time.
Everyone may have their own preference for a different reason and that is okay. Whatever works best in your hands is ideal. Some people like the powered toothbrush because it forces them to brush their teeth for the recommended 2 minutes. Some people like the manual approach because they feel like they are in more control.
Remember, the idea is to be kind to your enamel and surrounding gum tissue while you clean off any plaque or residue off of the teeth. A gentle brushing action at a 45 degree angle is ideal. Scrubbing harder only risks abrading the enamel or surrounding gums. And always remember, brushing is only half of the story. You should maintain a healthy habit of flossing too.