How to Choose the Right Toothbrush for Your Smile
With so many toothbrush types to choose from, here are the important factors to consider

How to choose a toothbrush

Choosing an appropriate toothbrush to get the job done is an essential part of your oral hygiene practices. And with so many different types of toothbrushes available on the market, it can certainly be a little overwhelming when trying to make the right choice.

With that being said, there are several factors to consider when it’s time for you to select a new toothbrush:

Electric or manual: It’s mostly a matter of preference

Both electric and manual toothbrushes have been proven to be generally equally as effective at cleaning the teeth, so this mostly all comes down to personal preference. It is worth noting, however, that there has been evidence to suggest that a specific type of “rotation oscillation” electric toothbrush that involves the bristles moving in both circular and side to side motions is more effective than a manual toothbrush.


Bristles: Are they hard or soft?

Toothbrushes come in a wide range of bristle types, from super soft, to medium, to extra hard. But the general professional recommendation is to always choose a toothbrush with soft bristles, and medium to hard bristles can actually cause damage and wear to the teeth and/or gums. It simply isn’t true that a harder bristled toothbrush will do a better job cleaning - soft bristles get the job done just as well without putting your smile at risk!


Size and shape: Will it reach?

With toothbrushes available in an extensive range of sizes and shapes, you should be selecting the one that allows for the best access to every surface of every tooth in your mouth. Generally speaking, a toothbrush head that is about half an inch wide and about an inch tall should make for a good choice.

You definitely don’t want your toothbrush to have a head that’s too big for your mouth, as it will be more difficult to clean those harder-to-reach areas - not to mention, it probably won’t feel very comfortable to brush with!


Brands and cost: Does it matter?

As with most purchases, it’s best to stick to trusted brands when choosing your new toothbrush, and ensure that they’re approved by the Canadian Dental Association. Fortunately, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a reliable and quality toothbrush at a very affordable price, especially if you’re choosing a manual one.


Still need some help making the right choice?

Our Guelph dentist would be pleased to make a toothbrush recommendation for you! In fact, a dental professional is the best person to speak to when it comes to selecting the right toothbrush for your unique smile.

If it’s been longer than 6 months since you’ve been in for your dental check-up and cleaning, schedule your next visit with our friendly Dr. Dana Coman today.


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Guelph, ON N1H 4J4

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