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Tips for Choosing the Right Toothbrush


It is no secret that brushing twice a day can play a vital role in maintaining good oral hygiene. However, a walk down the dental care aisle of your average market can present an overwhelming number of choices. Electric or manual? Soft or medium? Large or small? With so many options, how do you know which brush is right for you? Below our blog outlines four factors that you should consider when choosing your next toothbrush.

  1. Bristle toughness: A common misconception is that the medium or hard brushes can provide a deeper clean. In fact, soft brushes may actually be better at removing plague and particles. If you do prefer hard bristles, be sure to avoid applying excessive pressure while brushing as it may lead to tooth and gum damage.
  2. Electric vs. Manual: An electric toothbrush can have many advantages. Users can get a full clean with less work than with manual brushes. Many people even find them easy and fun to use. However, they can be cost-prohibitive, require charging, and may limit your selection of size and bristles. On the other hand, a manual brush can still provide a thorough cleaning when proper brushing techniques are used.
  3. Size: While larger brushes may be able to cover more surface area, smaller heads may more easily get those hard-to-reach places. If you are going to opt for a larger brush, make sure that its shape and flexibility allow you to reach every nook and cranny, especially towards the back of your gums and teeth.
  4. When to replace: Replacing your toothbrush every three months is a good rule of thumb; however, you should consider a replacement whenever the bristles on your current brush begin to wear or fray. When brushes age, bristles can become jagged or sharp and may lead to tooth and gum damage.

When it comes down to it, the best brush for you may simply be what you are most comfortable using. If you’re not sure what’s best, try a few different brushes and stick with the one that works for you. If you have any questions about how to take care of your teeth, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist.

Time for a Cleaning?

While regular brushing and flossing can help keep your pearly whites looking great, it is important to get cleanings twice a year. Whether it’s time for your check-up, you are interested in teeth whitening, or you need a cavity filled, our Ventura County dentist can deliver the highest levels of service and care. Our dentist, Mark Weitzman D.D.S., has been serving Ventura for more than 15 years and is highly rated by our clients.

If you would like more information on the dental services we offer, call (805) 295-8896 or contact us online.

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