How do you choose a toothbrush, one that is most effective at removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth? People have been using toothbrushes to remove food from their teeth for many years, with some of the first toothbrushes made from animal hairs! Today, there are many types of toothbrushes to choose from that are effective in removing plaque and food and help keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of decay. To choose a toothbrush can be daunting task!

Types of Toothbrushes

There are essentially two types of toothbrushes, manual and electric. The manual toothbrush is cost effective and easy to use, and is dependent on your hand movement for pressure and motion. The electric toothbrush is battery operated, and has a oscillating circular or pulsing motion that helps remove the bacteria. Generally battery powered toothbrushes are more efficient at removing plaque buildup.

Toothbrush bristles can either be soft, medium, or hard. Soft-bristles are recommended as it offers the best combination of plaque removal while maintaining being gentle on your teeth and gums. Medium and hard bristles are not recommended, as it can cause enamel damage and wear, and can also cause gum irritation.

How to Brush Your Teeth

It is recommended you brush two times day for two minutes each session, once in the morning and once at bedtime. Use round and gentle circular motions on the outside and inner surfaces of the teeth, with each circle brushing alongside the teeth and gumline. Replace the toothbrush once every three months is recommended. If you find the toothbrush’s bristles frayed earlier than three months, you may be brushing too hard and/or too long. Some toothbrushes also have colored bristles that will disappear over time, letting you know it’s time to get a new toothbrush.

If you have any questions or need recommendations on how to choose a toothbrush to get your smile just right, be sure to ask your dentist and dental hygienist.

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Warm Regards,

Peter Chien, DMD, MPH