How to Choose a Toothbrush

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Brushing your teeth is easy–until, perhaps, you find yourself in the toothbrush aisle of the store, staring at an overwhelming number of options. Which is the right toothbrush to buy? Which will get your teeth as clean as they need to be?

Good news! There is no universal “right” answer for what kind of brush to use. Some people are avid proponents of the electric toothbrush, while some people swear by their trusty conventional brush style. Clinically, there is no difference, so long as you are using the proper techniques. As toothbrushes need to be replaced every 3-4 months, you will have lots of opportunities to experiment.

Conventional toothbrushes are the traditional choice, and they work great! There is a low price point for most conventional brushes. It is easy and inexpensive to choose a variety of colors and styles and to get a brush head that is a comfortable size and shape for your mouth. If the brush becomes contaminated somehow, the process of replacing it is simple and convenient.

On the other hand, an electric toothbrush could be a good option in your situation. They make it easy to follow proper technique with features like timers and pressure monitors. They also can make it easier for people with arthritis or other ailments (the toothbrush does the work for you, so you don’t have to move the toothbrush as much). The one drawback to electric toothbrushes is the price tag. However, depending on your habits and oral needs, they may be worth the investment.

For more information, call Howe Dental in Roy, Utah, at 801-776-1240.  Dr. Chad Howe and our team are happy to help!