How to Select the Right Toothbrush

How to Select the Right Toothbrush

March 19, 2021

Brushing our teeth helps reduce the risks of decay and cavities. Most toothpaste products contain fluoride and low concentrations of bleach that protect your enamel and give you a whiter smile.

Why Brushing Is Crucial

Statistics show that Americans spend about 1,000 hours of their lives brushing their teeth. It’s essential to select the right type of toothbrush that feels comfortable and works well. Selecting the right toothbrush can be daunting as there are several different types available to choose from. You can choose a toothbrush with raised bristles, angled heads, and oscillating tufts.

For the best results, spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth twice daily.  Reinforce the effects of brushing but flossing your teeth to remove food particles stuck between the teeth, especially debris stuck near the gum line.

Guidelines for Choosing the Right Toothbrush

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following guidelines for choosing a toothbrush:

  • Soft Bristles are Better for Tooth Enamel

Stiff bristles are abrasive against tooth enamel and lead to premature wear and tear. The tooth enamel becomes thinner, and you may experience heightened sensitivity.  Hard bristles also tend to be harsher on the gum tissue. The toothbrush head should be roughly 1 inch wide.

  • Do Not Brush Aggressively

Use a soft massaging movement instead of aggressively brushing your teeth. Aggressive brushing may happen due to too much force, using a hard-bristled brush, or both. It can lead to the thinning of tooth enamel, which increases the likelihood of decay and root canal treatment at San Rafael Dentistry.

Use short, circular strokes and lightly move the bristles against the teeth to remove plaque.

  • Replace the Toothbrush Every Three Months

When bristles get worn or frayed, consider replacing the toothbrush. If you’re using an electric toothbrush, you may need to replace the head. Frayed bristles cannot do an efficient job of cleaning your teeth. For children, select toothbrushes with very small heads, long handles (for a firmer grip), and soft bristles as the tooth enamel is still tender.

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