Choosing the Right Toothbrush & Toothpaste
It’s surprising that there are so many choices and variations on toothbrushes really. From extra soft to firm to pulsating electric, rippled bristles or flat cut- choosing a toothbrush can seem a little more complicated than it should be. Same goes for toothpaste. One Dentist in Kingston Ontario takes a very simple tried and true approach.
Choosing a toothbrush does have to do with your brushing style. If you tend to brush hard most dentists will recommend choosing a soft bristle brush. This is because soft bristles do a better job at removing plaque without scraping enamel off your teeth and are gentler for your gums. Soft bristles can also reach tighter areas in your mouth easier than hard bristles. Electric toothbrushes are also recommended by dentists for patients who have a hard time brushing due to dexterity trouble, just make sure to not press too hard. As for the bristle style, flat is fine, but rippled bristles and other angled styles are designed to reach hard to clean places easier and come in contact with your teeth more.
Another part of choosing a toothbrush is knowing when to choose it. That is, when does your old toothbrush needs replacing? It’s easy to tell once you know what to look for: the bristles start fanning out and are contorted when you aren’t using it. Sadly a toothbrush is often the last thing we think of replacing, but for the sake of your dental health it’s a good thing to watch for.
There are many variations of toothpaste and they all seem to have good features, so which one is right for you? The two most common categories are toothpastes made for people with sensitive teeth or those who want to whiten them. You’ll find cavity and tarter protection toothpastes are popular as well. If you have sensitive teeth it’s best not to choose a toothpaste with whitening as that will be extra harsh on your teeth, however there are a few whitening toothpastes that are specially formulated for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes are generally more expensive.
Otherwise, if you aren’t concerned about whitening, or sensitive teeth, simply buying a toothpaste with fluoride in it, which most toothpastes do have, will do the trick. Baking soda is also a good ingredient because it cleans your teeth gently, but fluoride is still the most recommended by dentists due to its obvious and clear cavity fighting properties.
Tina Mancini is a Montreal resident who works as an administrative assistant by day and enjoys researching and writing about different topics that catch her eye by night.