The most important dental appliance you will use throughout your life to help remove food and plaque from your teeth is your toothbrush. However, finding the best one to match your particular dental needs can be rather challenging. If you were to browse the aisle at your local pharmacy or other major retailers, you will quickly see numerous types and styles of toothbrushes on display. In addition, you have the option to choose from manual and battery operated models!

How do you select the right one? The first place to begin is to consult with a family dentist in North York, like Dr. Carol Waldman. Your dentist is able to make a determination, based upon your current brushing patterns, what type of brush you need. For instance, they will look for damage along the gum line and to the tooth’s enamel surface caused from brushing too hard, along with other observations.

Our Family Dentist in North York Answers the Question of How to Select a Toothbrush

Using the recommendation from your dentist, there are a few other aspects to consider including:

1. Type of Bristles on the Toothbrush – There are hard, medium and soft bristles on manual and battery operate toothbrushes. Most dentists will only recommend soft bristles or all their patients, as hard bristles are too abrasive and can cause damage to the tooth structure or to the gums.  Even though the bristles are soft, they are still effective at removing food and plaque from the teeth and reduce the likelihood of causing accidental damage. In addition, you should look for models that have rounded bristles on their ends.

2. The Length of the Toothbrush Handle – The toothbrush should be easy to hold and feel comfortable in your hand. There are different length toothbrush handles for children and people of all ages. Some also offer added gripping abilities, like for people who suffer from arthritis.

3. The Size of the Head of the Toothbrush – The head is the area that has the bristles on it. You want to choose one that fits correctly inside your mouth and makes it easy to reach all of your teeth. If the head is too big, it can make it difficult to reach the back molars and those “hard-to-reach” areas. A brush head that covers only one-two teeth are ideal and most are easily used accurately.  The bigger head brushes that you see on the pharmacy shelves are actually designed for brushing dentures instead of brushing teeth

Battery Operated or Manual?

When deciding between battery operated and manual models, it really comes down to your own personal preferences. However, there are certain situations where a battery operated model can be beneficial. Most battery operated brushes operate at a sonic or just below sonic level.  This makes for more effective brushing and can reduce hand strain as less energy is required for brushing thoroughly.

Just remember to brush all the surfaces of your teeth; inside, outside and biting surfaces and don’t forget the back of the last teeth in your mouth.To learn more about selecting the right toothbrush, preventative cleanings, or other dental concerns, please feel free to contact the dental office of Dr. Carol Waldman at 416.445.6000 to schedule a consultation appointment today!