What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Choose?

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There’s no shortage of options when it comes to toothbrushes. We all want clean healthy teeth, but with so many different kinds of toothbrushes, how do you know which one to choose? Cottonwood Dental is here to help you determine the right toothbrush for your teeth.

Bristles: Dr Giaquinto recommends a soft-bristled brush for removing plaque. Soft bristled brushes are gentler, and more effective. Hard or medium bristles can do more harm than good, depending on how you brush and with how much force. Harsher bristles can wear away your enamel and cause gum recession.

Handles: When it comes to the handle of your toothbrush, choose whatever is comfortable for you! Choose a toothbrush that fits in your mouth and reaches all teeth easily.

Electric Brushes: Electric toothbrushes are just as effective as manual toothbrushes, and again, this just depends on how you brush. For many, using an electric toothbrush is a good option, especially for those who have limited dexterity.

At the end of the day, what really matters is how you brush. To effectively remove plaque and keep your teeth clean and healthy, choose a brush with soft bristles. Brush your teeth in gentle circular motions, be careful to avoid brushing too hard. Replace your toothbrush whenever it begins to show signs of wear, about every three months. Choosing the right toothbrush can go a long way preventing tooth decay and gum recession. It’s also important to visit Cottonwood Dental once or twice a year for a cleaning.