Choosing a Toothbrush

Choosing a toothbrush is key to continued good oral health. We're talking about the best toothbrush options and how to choose a toothbrush that's right for you.

Choosing a toothbrush is a major part of keeping your oral health in order. The right toothbrush can make a world of difference when it comes to regular maintenance of your teeth and gums. Choosing the right toothbrush can be difficult with so many options on the market. Today, we're going to talk about how to choose the right toothbrush and why it matters.

What type of toothbrush should I choose?

Choosing a toothbrush is vital to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. While any name brand will work when choosing toothpaste, there is a specific list of criteria to look for when selecting a good toothbrush. You'll want to look at two major factors when choosing the right toothbrush. We want to be the best dentist in Staten Island for your preventative care rather than your emergency or restorative care if possible, so we're happy to cover this criteria and help you choose a great toothbrush.  

Go with Electronic Toothbrushes

We're the best implant dentist in Staten Island, but we'd rather not have to do that for our clients unless and until it's absolutely necessary so we always recommend electronic toothbrushes over manual brushes. Electronic toothbrushes provide the correct motion to clean plaque and debris off of the teeth effectively as well as clean along the gumline. Most people don't know how to properly use a manual toothbrush, and electronic toothbrushes make that a non-issue.

With electronic toothbrushes, you simply guide the toothbrush around your teeth and along your gums and the rotating head does the rest. There's no need to worry about angles or how fast to brush. There are no worries at all. Just move the brush around each tooth individually to cover all its surfaces, and you'll brush your teeth perfectly every time.

Choose Soft Bristles

Soft bristles are the standard of care, and should be the only choice. Soft bristles effectively remove plaque and debris from the teeth and gum area without damaging tooth enamel or the gums. Years of research has shown that hard bristles can wear away the enamel of the teeth over time as well as irritate the gums and cause them to recede.

Soft bristles are even more important when using an electronic toothbrush because the oscillating head rotates so many times per minute. The damage that hard bristles can cause is compounded by the ultra-fast micro-scrubbing action of the oscillating head, so soft bristles are key.

Choosing a Toothbrush Perfect for You

There are tons of electronic toothbrush options out there, but now that you know what to look for, you'll be able to find the perfect one for yourself. Always go for electronic toothbrushes with soft bristles. The rest is completely up to your personal preference. For more information on oral healthcare or to schedule an appointment, give us a call. We think we're the best dentist in Staten Island, and we want to be your dentist.