The Perfect Toothbrush

The Perfect Toothbrush…

            Patients live with their own teeth 100% of the time.  We, in the dental field, can only contribute to oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) a minuscule amount.  Semi-annual or quarterly cleanings do a lot of good, but the brunt of the work must be done at home on a daily basis.

            So what is the best toothbrush to perform this maintenance?

            If you walk down the “dental” aisle in any store, you’ll realize that oral hygiene is big business.  The different sizes and colors and styles of toothbrushes mean that someone, somewhere, must be making a little money selling those bristled sticks.  There are cheap toothbrushes, expensive toothbrushes, red toothbrushes, and blue toothbrushes.  There are “ultrasonic” models and models that tell you how long to brush.  So many brushes, they make your head spin. 

            Speaking of, there’s even a Spinbrush.

            The secret is that no matter what brush you choose, almost all will work.  It’s not the type of toothbrush that matters.  It’s how you use it.  A toothbrush is like a good pair of boots.  Every individual has a certain size, shape, and style that fits them the best.  Once you find your style, go with it.

            We really only stress one attribute in a toothbrush…soft bristles.  They wear out quicker, but they keep you from brushing too aggressively.  Hard bristle brushes can cause gum recession and a mess of related issues.

            After soft bristles, the rest is personal preference.  Manual, electric, big handle, small brush doesn’t matter so much which one you choose, as long as you are using it regularly and effectively.  Two minutes, twice a day, with the bristles on your teeth and you’ll see results.  Also, make sure to get all of the surfaces of all of the teeth.  You’d be amazed how well right handed people brush their right teeth and often neglect the left.  Fluoride toothpaste also does wonders for preventing cavities.

            Until next time, keep smiling.

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