At White Bear Smiles, we get asked a particular question almost daily: "What is the best toothbrush to use?" Since proper oral hygiene is important to overall health and well-being, the type of toothbrush you use is important.
For starters, always use the softest toothbrush available. Medium and hard toothbrushes don't clean any better than soft, and are too harsh for your gums which can lead to . We recommend extra-soft, sensitive, gentle, or fine bristled toothbrushes. Also, make sure when you are brushing, that you angle the toothbrush bristles at a 45 degree angle to the gums. This will help to ensure you are cleaning gently under the gumline as well as the crown of the tooth. Choosing a toothbrush with a smaller head size is also important if someone has a smaller mouth, or has trouble reaching the back teeth.
There is also the question, "should I use a manual or electric toothbrush?" Electric toothbrushes are helpful, especially if someone has limited dexterity. Since electric toothbrushes are already moving on their own in either a circular motion or vibrating, you just have to hold and angle the toothbrush in the correct spots and let the toothbrush do the work for you. The Oral-B Braun is a great electric toothbrush with a circular head, which a lot of patients find easier to get to their back teeth. The Sonicare toothbrush is a great option as well, since it uses sonic vibrations to break up plaque as it moves along. Another great option is the Burst electric toothbrush. The Burst toothbrush uses extra-fine bristles that help reach under the gums gently, and helps with sensitive teeth. Another perk of an electric toothbrush, is that most now come with a built-in timer. This is helpful to make sure you are brushing the full 2 minutes that is recommended each time you brush.
Although the toothbrush selection may seem endless, narrowing down choices based on your specific needs is helpful. Stick to a soft or extra-soft toothbrush, choose a smaller head size if you have a smaller mouth or it is difficult to reach your back teeth, and an electric toothbrush may be helpful if you have limited dexterity and can make it easier for some people to brush properly. We hope this can help you choose the toothbrush that is right for your oral hygiene needs.