There is so much to consider when selecting the perfect toothbrush. Some prefer traditional toothbrushes while others are partial to electric toothbrushes. Certain individuals swear by toothbrushes with soft bristles. Others favor hard bristles. Let’s delve into the nuances of toothbrushes to help pinpoint which is best for you.


Bristle Types

Toothbrush bristles are available in hard, medium, soft, and extra soft. Toothbrushes with firm bristles are becoming difficult to find, but they are out there if you look hard enough. Some prefer hard bristles because they believe these bristles eliminate more plaque. However, most dentists recommend toothbrushes with soft bristles. Those who have enamel erosion, gum erosion, or highly sensitive teeth should opt for toothbrushes with soft or extra-soft bristles. When in doubt, consult with your dentist to identify the ideal toothbrush bristles for you.

Traditional Toothbrushes vs. Electric Toothbrushes

philips-sonacare-3-seriesPlenty of people are transitioning to electric toothbrushes as they provide additional power to clean teeth. Many argue that electric toothbrushes provide a more thorough clean in less time than traditional toothbrushes. There is mounting evidence that electric toothbrushes decrease the odds of inflicting damage upon the gums and enamel.  They prevent and reduce gingivitis better than a manual toothbrush. The brush reaches deep between teeth and along the gum line.  The electric brush is safe on orthodontics, dental work, veneers, implant and sensitive teeth. Though electric-powered toothbrushes cost more than conventional toothbrushes, they are well worth the money.  The Sonicare toothbrush (that we recommend) guarantees better checkups as well.

Toothbrush Size

Pay close attention to the size variations between toothbrushes. The head should be large enough to clean each portion of your teeth with ease. The typical adult requires a toothbrush head that is an inch tall and at least half an inch wide. If your mouth is especially large, then consider an even larger toothbrush. Those with smaller mouths will find that large toothbrush heads make it difficult to clean those hard-to-reach spaces, such as the rear portion of the molars.

Contact Zola Makrauer at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts today to schedule a visit and get professional advice regarding which toothbrush is right for you!