How to Choose a Toothbrush

Dr. Degel Jan 30, 2011

Picking the right toothbrush. This is something that you probably take for granted, and you probably assume this is as easy as grabbing the first one you see that is not the cheapest. Fact of the matter is that there’s more that should go into picking a toothbrush. It’s not super complicated, and a lot of it is common sense, actually. Our team at this Long Island cosmetic dentistry figure this would be a good time to help you figure out how to pick the right toothbrush.

The first thing to consider is the bristles. They are what makes the toothbrush. More than the angle of the bristles or the length of the bristles, you need to take into account the hardness or softness of the bristles. In general, you want to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles rather than hard or stiff bristles. Soft bristles on a toothbrush will allow you to brush your teeth thoroughly without doing any unnecessary damage or harm to your gums.

The next thing to consider is the size of the head of the toothbrush. You should get a toothbrush that has a head which is not too large for your mouth. This will allow you to access hard to reach parts of your mouth, especially the spots behind the molars.

One other consideration is your own mobility and manual dexterity. If you have problems with your hands or your wrists that make brushing your teeth a chore or too difficult, it’s a good idea to consider investing in an electric toothbrush. The same points listed above apply to the selection of the electric toothbrush.

Those are just the basics that you should keep in mind, but there is more to dental care and dental health than just the toothbrush. There’s also flossing, of course, as well as regular check-ups and Long Island dental implants. Contact our Astoria dental care practice for more information on all of these matters and to schedule a visit to our office.

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