Picking a toothbrush can be as difficult as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of your local grocery store or Walmart lately, you know what we’re talking about. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up. (Rated purely on their fun factor, you might try an Avengers one!)

Some toothbrush manufacturers claim their brushes freshen your breath or remove stains from your teeth. How do you choose?

various toothbrushes on a pink and red background

Key Factor – Firmness of the Bristles

Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. However, this does not hold true for your teeth. Medium and firm brushes can damage your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to clean plague, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

After having cosmetic dental work or oral surgery in Anchorage, especially anything involving soft tissue grafts, make sure you use an extra-soft brush and be careful!

When buying a toothbrush for a child, make sure the brush feels comfortable in their hand. If the size and angle feels awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized tooth brush. Some Anchorage kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child size brush.

What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some Anchorage folks like the feeling of vibrating bristles or a mini-squirt gun blasting away at the plaque. Anchorage people with arthritis or other movement-inhibiting conditions can benefit from powered brushes which take some strain off hands and arm muscles.

Is Your Toothbrush Doing The Job?

At Excellence In Dentistry, our caring dental hygienists instruct our Anchorage patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you haven’t experienced a dental deep cleaning at Excellence In Dentistry, you don’t know how clean your teeth and gums can feel. Call our outstanding & friendly team and comfortable environment at (907) 349-0022 today.