How to Choose a Toothbrush

Choosing a toothbrush can be confusing business with so many options available to consumers. You might be wondering, “Should my toothbrush have soft bristles with a large head or a smaller head with firm bristles? Should I choose a flexible handle or one with a non-slip grip?”

While some of these questions are based on personal preference, others will play a role in the health of your teeth and gums and should be carefully considered. Learning which toothbrush works best for your mouth will help you avoid hygiene issues such as decay, cavities, tartar and periodontal disease.

At Robert Rosenfeld, DDS, we believe it’s our duty to help our patients maintain sparkling, healthy teeth both in and outside of their appointments. For this reason, we’ve outlined some of the details you’ll need to know about how to choose the correct toothbrush. If you still have questions after reading, we’d love for you to contact our office for assistance!

What Kind of Toothbrush Should You Buy?

Interestingly, people have been finding ways to brush their teeth for nearly 5000 years now. Some of the earliest forms of the toothbrush were ‘chewing sticks’ or twigs with animal hair bristles. Toothbrushes as we know them today, with nylon bristles and plastic handles, weren’t invented until much later in 1938 and have come a long way since then as well. Good oral health has always been important and continues to be so today.

Overall, there are two main types of toothbrushes you can purchase: manual and powered. Manual toothbrushes come in many shapes, sizes and options which we’ll talk about below. Powered toothbrushes are great options for anyone who has a difficult time maneuvering a toothbrush or for children who may not be able to thoroughly clean their teeth.

Most dentists will agree that the best manual toothbrush to use contains soft bristles and a small head. Firm or hard bristles can eventually lead to worn down gums and enamel leading to pain and sensitivity. You’ll also want to choose a head that fits in your mouth well and can brush about 1-2 teeth at a time. Usually smaller heads are easier to manipulate and will clean hard-to-reach spaces toward the back of your mouth better. Other variables, such as handle size, brush angles and different bristle materials are more a matter of personal preference. You may have to try a couple different ones before deciding what feels best.

Remember also that replacement of your toothbrush is important to its function. Old or frayed toothbrushes won’t work as effectively as new ones and can harbor bacteria as well. As a rule of thumb, try to replace your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if you brush vigorously.

Keep Your Teeth Healthy and Clean with Robert Rosenfeld, DDS

Dr. Rosenfeld and his staff are proud to provide quality dental care to patients in Solana Beach, CA. If you’re ready to schedule your next dental cleaning, call our office at 858-755-1189.

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