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Does the Type of Toothbrush Matter?


At My Family Dentistry, patients often ask us if one type of toothbrush is better than another. The truth is that many of today’s toothbrushes do have great features that can help you improve your brushing habits.

Always remember to brush well and brush often, no matter what type of toothbrush you use. Here are some things we think our patients should know about choosing the right toothbrush for you:

Electric Powered Toothbrushes

The ADA likes to remind everyone that manual toothbrushes can be just as effective as electric toothbrushes. In reality, people do tend to get better results from electric toothbrushes. A major study published by the ADA found that 80 percent of patients enjoy better dental health with an electric toothbrush. 

Electric works better for two reasons:

You can choose from several varieties of electric toothbrushes:

Soft vs. Firm Bristles

Whether you go manual or electric, be gentle on your teeth and choose soft toothbrush bristles. Brushing simply needs to wipe away plaque and food debris. The bristles do not need to be firm to accomplish this.

Firm bristles (or too-aggressive brushing) can damage the enamel on your teeth and hurt your gums. If you like your current toothbrush but want better results and more comfort, stick with the same type of toothbrush but switch to soft bristles.

Getting Kids to Brush

Have you noticed how stores carry all kinds of kids’ toothbrushes with cartoon characters and funny colors? Children definitely care about the type of toothbrush they use—if they dislike it, they’ll avoid using it.

Electric toothbrushes are safe for children, and many kids actually love using them. But when in doubt, let children pick their own type of toothbrush so they’ll brush more often.

The team at My Family Dentistry is happy to help you make sense of all those options for toothbrushes, toothpaste, flossing devices and more. Contact us today if you have any questions about getting the best oral care for you and your family.

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