Are Ergonomic Toothbrushes All That?

tb'sBrushing your teeth seems pretty straight forward. There is only one way to do it, although dentists do recommended starting in a different spot each time you brush. That way no one spot gets brushed less because you became tired or bored. By rotating where you begin, all your teeth get equal attention. Although the process of brushing hasn’t changed, toothbrushes have. Today there are even ergonomically designed toothbrushes, but are they really all that?

The Science of Ergonomics

In the past human beings have fit themselves to whatever product they were using, whatever chair they were sitting in, and to whatever task they were doing whether it was a good fit or not, whether it was comfortable or not. Today there is a new discipline with the focus of making products, and the tasks people perform while using those products, more efficient and more comfortable for the user. This discipline is the application of ergonomics. The primary principle of ergonomics is to fit the product or the work to the user, instead of forcing the user to fit the product or the task.

Ergonomic Toothbrushes

In order to help improve the way people clean their teeth, toothbrush manufacturers have developed ergonomic toothbrushes. The difference between a traditional toothbrush and an ergonomically designed toothbrush is that ergonomic toothbrushes have:

  • Lighter, specially designed handles
  • Special grips to make holding the toothbrush easier and more comfortable
  • Specially designed heads that reach difficult to reach areas

Ergonomically designed toothbrushes can help young children who still lack the dexterity to brush properly, and adults and the elderly with physical limitations. Regardless of what toothbrush you use, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends choosing a soft-bristled toothbrush, and replacing your toothbrush every three to four months.

About your Des Moines Dentist

The Gateway Dental Group provides comprehensive dental treatments including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Burds also has extensive experience helping his patients suffering from sleep disorders obtain restful sleep via oral appliance therapy. You can contact Dr. Stephen J. Burds office at 515-442-5659. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.