Help Choosing the Right Toothbrush

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Most of us don’t think much about toothbrushes, but the next time you go to the grocery store check out how many different kinds of toothbrushes that are currently available. You’ll probably be surprised to see so many different shapes and sizes and that toothbrushes have their own aisle. This can make choosing a toothbrush a little more difficult. Before you choose a toothbrush it’s always a good idea to discuss with your dentist what he recommends. You may have very sensitive teeth that require extra soft bristles and the more you know about your teeth the easier it is to find the right toothbrush.

  • Most people will want to look for a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Soft bristles are ideal for removing plaque and debris from your teeth and cause the least amount of irritation. If your dentist approves you may opt for a medium bristled toothbrush but discontinue use if the hardness of the bristles begins to bother your teeth.
  • Toothbrushes can be found with a variety of grips, heads and style of bristles. Finding the brush that works best for you will often depend on personal taste. Many dentists recommend a toothbrush with a small head since this will allow you to reach your entire mouth and access areas that are difficult to brush. Still, you may want to try a few different types of brushes to find the one that feels most comfortable and gives you the best clean.
  • Another important tip to remember about toothbrushes is that your brush should be changed every three months or when it begins to show wear. A worn toothbrush can damage gum tissue and lead to more complicated problems that can require surgery. By replacing your toothbrush regularly you not only keep the bristles fresh but also replace bristles that have been collecting germs over the course of its use. With the right toothbrush you’ll be able to keep your teeth clean and help prevent tooth decay.