How to Choose Your Toothbrush

11 May 2017
Dental care - Preventative Care

We all know the feeling of standing in front of a large wall of toothbrushes in our local pharmacy. From soft and hard bristles to manual and electric, there are more options than any of us want to have to sort through, never mind figure out which is best for us! In this article, we will provide some advice on how to select your toothbrush.

Bristles

Toothbrushes come with three different kinds of bristles – soft, medium, and hard. Many think that hard means that it cleans your teeth better; however, soft bristles are the best for your teeth and gums, effectively removing plaque and debris. If you brush too vigorously with a medium or hard bristled toothbrush, you could actually harm your tooth enamel and gums!

Size and Shape

Size and shape is more of a personal choice than the suggested bristles as everyone’s mouth and dexterity are different. From different kinds of grip to shape of the head of the brush, find one that is most comfortable for you to use. This may take a little bit of trial and error.

Manual versus Electric

If used properly, both kinds of toothbrushes will effectively clean your teeth. However, electric toothbrushes have continued to grow in popularity as they can do a better job of cleaning teeth when compared to how many people brush with manual brushes. They cover more area more quickly than manual brushes and have shown to result in less plaque and gum disease for their users.

Electric toothbrushes are also good for children who may not brush as long as they should and it makes the process more fun for them as well. Those with braces can also benefit greatly from an electric toothbrush, which have been shown to better clean in and around braces.

When considering whether or not to buy an electric toothbrush, you should also take into account the price, which can be close to or more than $100.

It is always a good idea to speak with your dentist about what kind of brush you should get. During your next visit to Hartnett Dental, make sure to ask you dentist what brush is best for you!