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Choosing the Right Toothbrush
by Dr. Michael Popp on Dec 4, 2015

How do you decide on a toothbrush? Do you always grab whichever one is on sale, or buy the same type out of habit? Perhaps you choose based on the colour of the handle. While all of these methods will help you choose a toothbrush, they won’t necessarily help you choose the right toothbrush. Here are some things to consider next time your toothbrush needs replacing:

  1. Choose a soft bristled toothbrush
    The Canadian Dental Association recommends choosing a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles. Use your soft bristled brush to gently brush your teeth, since scrubbing too hard can be tough on teeth and gums, increasing their sensitivity.

  2. Choose the toothbrush with the right head
    Toothbrush heads come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Select a shape that is best for your mouth. You need to ensure the bristles on your toothbrush can comfortably reach your back molars and that the head of the toothbrush is not too wide or large to do so. You can also ensure you properly address those hard to reach places by brushing and flossing in front of a mirror, so you can visually check that your toothbrush head can reach every surface.

  3. Invest in a good toothbrush
    While you may be tempted by the low prices of bargain bin toothbrushes you need to consider the risks associated with rock bottom prices. Cheap toothbrushes may not be as safe as they need to be, and may be made of inferior or even unsafe materials. Considering you stick your toothbrush in your mouth two to three times per day you want to make sure it is safe to do so.

  4. Get the right sized brush for each family member
    Not all mouths are the same size. Small children need toothbrushes that are appropriately sized for their mouths so that they can brush properly. Encourage good oral hygiene from a young age by letting kids pick out new toothbrushes with fun colours and graphics as a treat. You should also replace everyone’s toothbrush every three months, or when the bristles begin to fray.

  5. Consider an electric toothbrush
    If you are having trouble brushing your teeth for as long or as hard as they need because of arthritis or an injury consider switching to an electric toothbrush. Both manual and electric toothbrushes can be used to thoroughly and effectively clean teeth. However, people who have trouble using a manual toothbrush may find an electric one is more comfortable and easier to use.

  6. Remember the basics
    At the end of the day the best toothbrush for you is one that you will actually use. Ensure your toothbrush handle fits comfortably in your hand, and that the toothbrush head is comfortable in your mouth and can reach all the surfaces of all your teeth. And if you aren’t sure when you last changed your toothbrush, or your current brush is looking a little worse for wear it is always best to err on the side of caution and replace it.

For more information on good oral hygiene visit marlboroughdentalcentre.com and call 403.248.2066 to book an appointment at the Marlborough Dental Centre.


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