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What kind of toothbrush should I choose?

August 29, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Cassidy Bray
Preventative Dentistry | High Point NC

Are you going crazy trying to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste?  The choices can be overwhelming, but there is hope! With the right information it is not only possible, but also easy to pick the toothbrush and toothpaste that will have your teeth sparkling like new every day.

You may be wondering, "What’s the big deal about choosing a toothbrush? I like pink - is there something else I need to know?”

Yes, there are lots of other things you need to consider when confronted with the sea of choices at your supermarket. It shouldn’t be surprising that we’re fierce when it comes to advocating a sensible oral hygiene routine. Since we want to get the most you can out of that 20 minutes per day, we’re going to review some of things you need to keep in mind when choosing a toothbrush.

Size Matters

Your toothbrush doesn’t do much good if it can’t reach all of your teeth, especially those in the back of your mouth. The gag reflex shouldn’t be part of your oral hygiene routine, so if sticking your toothbrush in your mouth makes you uncomfortable, you probably need a smaller brush.

The Bristles Question - Hard, Soft, or Medium?

What’s the most important part of your toothbrush? Why, the bristles of course! How else would you scrape away all that plaque sitting on your pretty teeth?

A soft bristled toothbrush is appropriate if you have very sensitive teeth or sores in your mouth. Soft toothbrushes are nice, but may not be as effective for removing stubborn plaque effectively. 

Hard brushes are designed for people with large, sturdy teeth and gums, but hard bristles can also irritate the gums or break down tooth enamel. The bottom line is that a middle-of-the-road, medium textured brush is your best bet. It will get the job done effectively without irritating your mouth.

Power Up your Oral Hygiene Routine!

As electronic, ultrasonic, and battery-powered toothbrushes become more available and affordable, they have increased in popularity. Some studies indicate that powered brushes may be more effective at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush.

They also tend to have smaller heads, which is a good choice for little kids and people with small mouths. Electric toothbrushes are especially beneficial for those with arthritis or limited dexterity in their hands.

Toothpaste (While We’re On the Subject)

There are such a wide variety of toothpaste choices that the one you choose will depend on personal preference. Once you decide if you prefer a gel or paste, your next big decision is flavor. Again, it’s mostly a matter of personal preference.

However, it is absolutely essential to remember to choose toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride is important for protecting your teeth from plaque and decay and also making them stronger and more resistant to fracture.

Now you have all the information you need to find a brush that will be most effective for your needs. If you still have questions, we’re happy to help because we want you to get the most out of the time you spend brushing. Schedule your next dental cleaning, and our hygienist will be happy to help you decide what type of brush and toothpaste will work best for you.



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