Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

When shopping for the right toothbrush, there are so many different options available that it can become confusing to pick the right one. Knowing which toothbrush works best for your mouth will aid in your overall oral hygiene routine to avoid such issues as cavities, tartar buildup, and periodontal disease

Since the toothbrush’s debut nearly 5,000 years ago, good oral health has become not only more important but critical to overall health. We are here to help simplify the decision process and keep your teeth looking and feeling great. Below are a variety of factors to consider when choosing a toothbrush that is right for you! 

  1. Bristle Type – We love soft bristles and believe they truly are the best! Even though some might think soft bristles are not giving them that clean feeling after brushing, trust us, they are. Soft bristles are effective in removing plaque and tartar buildup around the teeth without damaging your gums or tooth structure. Medium to firm/hard bristles can wear down your gums and enamel over time which can lead to pain and sensitivity.
  2. Head Type – Small heads are the way to go. They are easier to manipulate in the mouth and get to those hard to reach areas toward the back of your mouth better. Larger heads work but tend to be difficult to maneuver within the mouth.
  3. Manual vs Power – Both toothbrush options are thoroughly effective in cleaning your teeth. This tends to be a personal preference for most. For those who have difficulty maneuvering a manual toothbrush within the mouth, a power toothbrush may be the better option. There are different powered toothbrush options out there, so don’t hesitate to ask our hygienist the next time you are in!
  4. Handle Size, Brush Angles, and Bristle Materials – All of these are personal preferences. We recommend trying a couple different options before deciding which is best for you.
  5. Toothbrush Replacement – A toothbrush should be replaced every 3-4 months. If the bristles are looking frayed or worn, the toothbrush isn’t as effective and should be replaced sooner.

Now that you have chosen your toothbrush, you may be wondering how to use it correctly. We’ve got you covered!

When you start to brush your teeth, vary the start spot in your mouth each time. The best way to use the toothbrush is in soft, circular motions with light pressure. Try not to scrub the teeth vigorously or you can damage your gums and teeth over time. It’s best practice to brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice daily. Get into a good brushing habit in order to keep your teeth and smile healthy!

By now those teeth are pearly white and shining bright! If you still have questions on choosing the right toothbrush, contact our office today!


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