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Things to Avoid When Buying a New Toothbrush

Posted on 2/22/2021 by Dick Hikade, DDS
Things to Avoid When Buying a New ToothbrushWhen you buy a new toothbrush, there are both good and bad features you will need to note. The following information clues you in on what features to avoid when buying a new toothbrush.

What You Should Not Consider in a Toothbrush Purchase

When buying a toothbrush, you need to consider what will benefit you in your dental care routine and what can harm your gums and teeth. Therefore, you don't want to buy a toothbrush with firm bristles. Doing so can damage the enamel on your teeth. While some patients think they are doing a better job of brushing with firm bristles, they are really eroding the outer covering of the tooth. Instead, it is better to choose a brush that has soft bristles. The softer bristles will clean the surface of the teeth without scratching or damaging it. That means you should avoid buying a toothbrush with medium bristles as well. Stick to a soft brush head if you want to play it safe and prevent dental erosion and decay.

Other Features to Avoid

Don't choose brush heads that are larger, or are not smaller or compact. The more compact and smaller heads can access hard-to-reach spots, such as the sides of the molars or the back teeth. If you have children, buy a toothbrush that is child-sized with a thicker handle that is made of rubber for a firmer grip. Don't buy a toothbrush with a slim-handled design for a child, as it makes it harder for a child to navigate the brush. When it comes to brushing teeth with braces, don't choose a regular brush head. Instead, find an orthodontic brush with V-shaped bristles. These bristles are designed to clean around the wires and brackets. If you buy an electric toothbrush, don't choose one with a rectangular or traditional brush head. Instead, opt for a brush head that is round, as it proves to clean the chewing surfaces of teeth better. Like a manual toothbrush, don't choose medium or firm bristles, but select soft bristles instead.

Now that you know what not to choose in a toothbrush, you can narrow down your choices. If you have any further questions, give us a call. We will be happy to make a recommendation.

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