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We’ve all been there – standing in the oral care aisle at the pharmacy or grocery story, confronted with rows and rows of brushes. It might seem like selecting a toothbrush is no big deal, but it’s actually a critical part of a good dental hygiene routine.

Consider these tips when making your selection.

Size. Your toothbrush should fit comfortably inside your mouth, and allow you access to all surfaces of your teeth. Experts recommend a tapered or rectangular head, with a handle that fits comfortably in your hand. Also, go for one with a no-slip grip and flexible neck.

Tooth and gum sensitivity. Stores offer many different bristle varieties. Aim for whatever feels most comfortable to you. Your toothbrush bristles should never cause discomfort or bleeding in the mouth, so softer is usually better.

Brand. With some products, it doesn’t matter much if you opt for the cheaper store brand, but this isn’t the case with toothbrushes. Choose quality over quantity, and stick with brands that you trust to use the highest standard materials.

A couple other toothbrush tips:

Replace your toothbrush as soon as it begins to show wear (which is usually after about three months), as worn bristles can actually damage sensitive gum tissue. You should also replace toothbrushes that you use when you’re sick to make sure you’re not consuming those same germs.
Brushing too hard can actually cause tooth sensitivity, so even if your toothbrush has soft, light bristles, go easy on your teeth.
Electric toothbrushes are a safe and effective alternative to manual. They clean just as safely and thoroughly, and are a great option for those with limited hand mobility due to injury, arthritis, or other conditions.

Posted on behalf of Gordon Dental of Leawood