How to Choose a Proper Toothbrush

By: Molson Park Dental - Dr. Adam Chapnick Jan 16, 2019
Dr. Adam Chapnick, Molson Park Dental

What toothbrush is best for me?

We’ve all been told from a young age that brushing your teeth is very important to maintain proper oral hygiene. Toothbrushes are very important instruments that help us prevent serious dental issues by getting rid of food particles in the mouth. Bristled toothbrushes were developed in the early 15th century and today, we have too many options to choose from when it comes to toothbrushes.

One challenge that many people have is finding the right toothbrush to use. A good toothbrush should be easy to use without causing any harm on your teeth and gums. There are several factors to consider when evaluating the design of a toothbrush in order to determine if it’s a perfect option. If you end up using the wrong toothbrush, not only do you risk leaving food particles in the mouth but also harming your gums and contributing to teeth sensitivity.

Choosing the ideal size

When looking at the size of the toothbrush, think of how easy it will be to move it around the mouth when brushing as well as if it can access the deeper areas such as the molars. Don’t choose a toothbrush that has a very small head because it may not effectively clean your teeth. Most dentists will recommend a toothbrush head that is half an inch wide and one inch long for an adult. The handle needs to be long enough to make it easier to move around.

Choosing the right bristles

The bristles of your toothbrush can be soft, medium or hard. The reason why most people go for harder bristles is that they assume it allows them to effectively clean their teeth. However, soft bristles are unlikely to harm the gums or erode the teeth’s outer protective layer(enamel). We recommend firm bristles to effectively remove plaque. Tooth ‘brush abrasion’ is a consideration with highly acidic diets and recession is not caused by a toothbrush. 

Do you need a special kind of toothbrush?

There are cases where your dentist may recommend a specific type of toothbrush that works best for your oral health needs. There is also a list of recommended toothbrushes to choose from. Ask your dentist to give you these options during your next appointment. A professional can help you to tell the difference and choose the best quality brushes.

Manual versus electrical toothbrushes

When shopping for the right toothbrush, you may come across electrical toothbrushes and consider acquiring one. Electrical toothbrushes do have their benefits. For a start, it requires less effort to brush your teeth. This type of toothbrush may also be ideal if you want to ensure you brush your teeth effectively. Many of them come with an electrical timer that you can switch on to ensure you brush your teeth for the recommended duration.

It’s an ideal option if you have limited mobility of the hands or need an effective toothbrush to access harder to reach areas. also, an electric toothbrush is almost always better. It’s simple more effective with less effort. If you can tolerate the stimulation or feeling, the cost is well justified in better health and potentially lower or less frequent professional dental Hygeine expenses.  

However, they are more expensive than manual toothbrushes and can break easily which you’ll then have to replace it with a new one. Whether electrical or manual, the toothbrush should be the appropriate size with smooth bristles to avoid causing damage to your teeth and gums.

Molson Park Dental Office is a friendly, full-service dental practice. We offer an array of cosmetic dentistry procedures, general dentistry, implant and tooth replacement and neuromuscular dentistry to our clients in Barrie, ON.

Dr. Adam Chapnick and the caring team at Molson Park Dentistry has been intimately involved in the education of dentistry, making them great patient advocates. We place a high priority on patient education to empower our patients to prevent future dental issues.

Our goal is to help you feel as comfortable as possible during your visit. Enjoy our many amenities. We guarantee short wait times and offer every patient a cold bottle of water at reception. Fresh coffee or tea is always available. While your dental work is being done, you can be wrapped in a cosy blanket with a neck warmer. You can even listen to music, or browse the Internet, on one of our iPads. We also provide stress balls and trigger point release tools if you are feeling uncomfortable, and we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help with anxiety, too.