Tips for Choosing the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste

You know how important it is to brush your teeth regularly. You never skip a day without putting brush to teeth at least twice. But the experience of brushing can vary significantly and, in order to ensure that you’re getting the best possible result for your dental health, you want to make sure you’re using the right toothbrush and toothpaste.

Here’s what to know.

How to Choose the Right Toothbrush

When it comes to choosing the right toothbrush, there are a few important considerations. The first is to decide whether to opt for an electric or manual model. While both are effective at keeping teeth clean, the electric model creates more micro-movements and can be a bit more efficient when it comes to removing plaque.

Another consideration is the size and shape. Toothbrushes come in a variety of contours and sizes. One is not necessarily intrinsically better than another. It all depends on what you are most comfortable with.

Finally, brushes come with varying bristle hardness. Harder bristles are more likely to damage teeth, though, so most dentists will recommend using a model with soft bristles.

Choosing the Best Toothpaste

While decades ago, there were only a few options when it came to choosing toothpaste, there are now a dizzying array of choices on the market, all promising different advantages when it comes to your dental health.

When it comes to selecting between these ample options, you’ll want to decide what benefit you most want to gain from your choice.

A few of the most common types of toothpastes include:

    • Whitening toothpaste removes surface stains that other toothpastes will not get to.
    • Fluoride is a common additive to toothpaste. It strengthens tooth enamel and fights cavities.
    • Tartar Control. Toothpastes with tartar control help prevent the buildup of excess tartar, which is calcified plaque and leads to gum disease.
    • Desensitizing Toothpaste. Desensitizing toothpaste helps relieve pain in people with sensitive teeth. This toothpaste blocks tubules in your tooth’s dentin to desensitize your teeth.
    • Natural Toothpaste. Natural toothpaste is free of chemicals that are commonly found in other toothpastes, while still providing a thorough clean.

Contact Temple Family Dentistry

If you have any questions about choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste—or about any aspect of your dental health—Temple Family Dentistry is here to help. Give us a call today at (610) 929-4252 or fill out the form below to find out more