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Choosing the Right Toothbrush

There are currently many toothbrushes on the market. Each of the products claim to have superior qualities in comparison to the rest. So what are all the advantages and disadvantages, and which one is suitable for you?  It all seems so confusing!

There are many variations of manual and electric toothbrushes on the supermarket shelves. The bristle options available are hard, medium, soft and extra soft. Studies have shown that both manual and electric toothbrushes can accomplish the same desirable outcome, and both are equally effective. However, the manual toothbrush requires greater manual dexterity, time and skill to use. Often the head sizes of the manual toothbrushes are also larger, and are therefore more difficult to access the back teeth. Nevertheless, it all comes down to personal preference as both are effective. 

In relation to the bristle options, either a soft or an extra soft brush is recommended. The gums at the base of the teeth are fragile and can recede irreversibly if brushed too vigorously  and/or the bristles are too coarse.  Additionally, the enamel on the teeth could be worn away, resulting in a weakening of tooth structure and sensitivity to cold. The plaque that we aim to brush off is soft in consistency and does not require such a vigorous action. Should the plaque on the teeth harden to calculus, even the hardest toothbrush cannot remove this, which is when you need to visit your dentist as it requires professional dental cleaning.

Dr Matthew Kei

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