Beale&Cullen

How Do I Choose the Right Toothbrush?

August 24, 2020
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Posted By: Louisa Cullen

What's the best toothbrush...it's so confusing!

Choosing a toothbrush at the supermarket can be very overwhelming! There are hard ones and soft ones, charcoal and whitening ones and very large ones and teeny tiny ones! Remember plaque on your teeth is very soft and only requires a very soft brush to remove it. Medium and hard toothbrushes may cause damage to your healthy gums causing gums to recede and teeth to become sensitive.

We always advise you choose a lovely soft brush with a head that’s a size suitable for your mouth so teeny tiny for kids and slightly larger for adults.

Electric or manual?

Science would suggest an electric toothbrush removes plaque more effectively than a manual brush however it's only as good as the person using it! We love the timer and small heads of electric toothbrushes and they definitely remove more plaque but remember not to push too hard or you'll damage the fragile  tooth surface. We recommend using an electric toothbrush that has a light up pressure sensor to ensure the gums are not damaged, a two minute timer (some also have 30 second quadrant timers)  and  a brush with high oscillations/pulsations.

For any recommendations have a chat with us..we love talking teeth! 

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