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Ask Your Dentist: What Kind Of Toothbrush Should I Choose?

Ask Your Dentist: What Kind Of Toothbrush Should I Choose?

Good oral hygiene is crucial for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. One of the most important tools in keeping your teeth clean is a toothbrush. With so many different types of toothbrushes available in the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one. To help you find the right toothbrush for you, we ask our dentist: What kind of toothbrush should I choose?

To find out more about how Marlborough Dental can help your family with a lifetime of great oral health, contact one of our NE Calgary dentists today at 403-248-2066 or fill out the form below.

What Toothbrush Features Do Dentists Recommend?

Manual Toothbrushes
Manual toothbrushes are the most common type of toothbrush and have been used for centuries. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and bristle types, including soft, medium, and hard bristle options. Our dentists recommend that you always choose soft bristles to avoid damage to your gums and enamel. Manual toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months or even sooner if you have been sick or if your bristles are worn or frayed (this can also indicate you are bruising too hard).

Electric Toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes have become increasingly popular in recent years. In fact, most dentists recommend electric toothbrushes for their many benefits. Electric toothbrushes can be more expensive, but they offer a number of advantages over manual toothbrushes, including the ability to effectively remove plaque and food debris with their oscillating or sonic technology. Sonic technology is a feature found in some electric toothbrushes that use high-frequency vibration to effectively remove plaque and food debris. This technology is more effective than traditional oscillating toothbrushes, as it reaches deeper into the crevices between teeth and along the gumline.

Electric toothbrushes also often come with a timer, which helps ensure that you brush for the recommended two minutes. If you choose an electric toothbrush, consider features like a rechargeable and/or waterproof model. Rechargeable toothbrushes can be a convenient option, as they do not require frequent battery replacement. And waterproof toothbrushes can be used in the shower or bath, making them a convenient option for people who want to save time in the morning.

Toothbrush Heads and Features
Toothbrush heads can vary in size, shape, and features. A compact head can be helpful for people who have difficulty reaching certain areas in their mouth, while a tongue cleaner or gum massager on the back of the toothbrush head can help improve overall oral hygiene. Some toothbrushes come with replaceable heads, which can be more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than having to replace the entire toothbrush.

You may not expect so, but the handle on the toothbrush you choose can have a significant effect on the effectiveness of your brushing technique and even the duration of time that you spend brushing. Choose a handle that is comfortable, not too big, and consider a non-slip or ergonomic design to keep your handle comfortable and encourage a longer brushing time.

Great Oral Care For Your Whole Family At Marlborough Dental Centre

There are many different types of toothbrushes available, each with its own advantages. The dentists at Marlborough Dental Centre can help you determine which type of toothbrush is most suitable for you based on your individual oral health needs. Whether you prefer a manual or electric toothbrush, there is a toothbrush that is perfect for you. 

At Marlborough Dental in NE Calgary, our dentists have over 20 years of experience working in family dentistry and helping every member of your family achieve optimal oral health for life. To book a comprehensive dental exam in Calgary, contact Marlborough Dental at 1-403-248-2066 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Are hard-bristled toothbrushes bad for me?
A: Stiff and hard bristles can cause your gums to recede and enamel wear. This can cause tooth sensitivity and pain, but can also cause cosmetic concerns too. Long-term use of hard-bristled brushes increases your risk of tooth and root decay and could lead to long-term dental problems.

Q: How long should I brush for?
A: You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. You can also brush your teeth after sugary foods or drinks, but you should avoid brushing immediately after acidic food or drinks to avoid enamel erosion.

Q: Why do I need to replace my toothbrush after an illness?
A: You should replace your toothbrush after an illness like the flu or a cold because germs can linger in the bristles leading to reinfection.

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