Toothbrush tips to keep your teeth in shape

Published on 10/07/2017

When you go into any supermarket or pharmacy there seems to be an ever-increasing array of toothbrushes available. Here at Leigh Dental Centre our dentists have come up with a few key factors you should take into consideration.

They are:

  • Size – small headed brushes are best as these will enable you to easily access all surfaces of your teeth. Though larger heads are available you may find it hard to reach the sides and backs of your back teeth.
  • Bristle variety – for most people a soft bristled toothbrush is best as this will prevent you from causing damage to your teeth and gums from overzealous brushing.
  • Usability – no matter what toothbrush you buy the key is that it gets used twice a day every day. For people with limited mobility it may be easier to use an electric toothbrush or it is possible to get toothbrushes with adapted handles to help people with limited dexterity.
  • Effectiveness – with a large number of studies conducted into the effectiveness of electric and manual toothbrushes, no major differences have been found in their ability to remove plaque and prevent gum disease.
  • Recommendation — If you are still unsure of the best toothbrush to get, do not hesitate to ask the dentist for a recommendation at your next appointment.

As long as you clean your teeth regularly using proper brushing technique, you should be able to reduce the build-up of plaque and keep your gums healthy whether you have a manual or an electric toothbrush. It is important to ensure that you change the toothbrush or head regularly. It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three months or more often if the toothbrush head is showing signs of wear.

A good way to remember to change your toothbrush is to change them on the first day of every season – remember for every toothbrush, there is a season.

If you would like further help and advice on the best oral hygiene routine to follow, do not hesitate to call Leigh Dental Centre today on 01702 472929 and book a consultation with our hygienist or dentist.