Everyone knows we should brush our teeth a few times a day, and yet we often forget to
consider what we are using to get the job done. There are specific toothbrush characteristics
that are critical to maintain healthy teeth and gums, ensuring we do more good than harm.
Here are a few things to look for when shopping for your next toothbrush:
- Soft Bristles: Dentists often recommend toothbrushes with soft bristles to prevent gum
irritation and enamel damage. Soft bristles effectively remove plaque and debris
without causing harm to the teeth and gums.
- Small Head Size: A toothbrush with a small head size is preferable as it allows for better
maneuverability and access to hard-to-reach areas, such as the back molars.
- Comfortable Handle: Look for a toothbrush with a comfortable grip or handle that fits
well in your hand. This makes it easier to control the brush and maintain proper
brushing technique. Children’s toothbrushes with smaller
handles can be important here!
- Canadian Dental Association Seal of Acceptance: The Canadian Dental Association evaluates toothbrushes and awards its Seal to those that meet their safety and efficacy
standards. Choosing a toothbrush or product with this seal is a good idea. See list on CDA website>>
- Manual or Electric: Both manual and electric toothbrushes can be effective, and electric
toothbrushes often offer additional benefits. They may have built-in timers to
encourage brushing for the recommended two minutes, and some models feature
oscillating or rotating brush heads that can enhance plaque removal.
- Replaceable Heads (for electric toothbrushes): If you opt for an electric toothbrush,
consider choosing one with replaceable brush heads. This allows you to replace only the
bristle portion instead of the entire toothbrush, making it more cost-effective and
Remember, it’s important to consult with your dentist for personalized recommendations
based on your specific oral health needs. Talk to us today at our Coquitlam dental office – we are here to help provide you an exceptional dental experience.