January 28, 2015

Five tips for choosing a toothbrush

When choosing a toothbrush, most people give little consideration to the type of toothbrush that will be most effective for them. Some people may be loyal to a particular brand while others will be price sensitive. There a number of factors that you should consider when replacing your old toothbrush. Also, as a rule of thumb, try to change it every three to four months or when it begins to show wear.

Soft bristled vs hard bristled brush

It is widely agreed among dental professionals that soft-bristled brushes are preferable to hard-bristles as the latter can cause gum irritation. You want to clean your teeth, not make your gums bleed! A “medium” toothbrush is a good option but consult your dentist as to what is right for you.

What size?

As the old joke goes, size matters. Chose a toothbrush head size that can brush at least one tooth at a time. The size of the head should fit comfortably in your mouth and reach all your teeth easily. For example, a child’s toothbrush is unsuitable for an adult and vice versa.

The handle

There seems to be as many options when it comes to handles as there are for brush heads. It can be confusing with all these choices. Simply put, a handle that feels comfortable in your hand and is easy to maneuverer when brushing is what you need. If you have one of these already then stick with that model as long as the other criteria are met.


The maxim of ‘you get what you pay for’ holds true here. Cheaper brushes won’t last as long and the heads aren’t designed as well to brush those hard to reach areas of your mouth. Supermarkets often have discounts on quality brand name toothbrushes so even if you have a good one don’t be afraid to purchase one that is on sale. Likewise, pick up two or three when they are on sale; they will get used!

Manual vs electric

Studies have shown there is little between a electric toothbrush and a manual one.  People who have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, somebody with arthritis for example, might well be more comfortable with an electric toothbrush in order to get a proper brushing. The main thing is that you brush regularly no matter what type of toothbrush you have.

And when you have the right toothbrush…don’t forget to floss!


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