Which toothbrush should you choose?
The most important thing when choosing a toothbrush is that it is soft, fits comfortably in your mouth and is easy to hold and manipulate to effectively clean your teeth.
- Soft – highly recommended for everyone including children
- Nimbus (extra soft) – recommended for people with receding gums or enamel abrasions.
- Medium/Hard – not recommended
- Regular or Compact size – recommendations depend of the size of your mouth
- Sonicare – recommended for everyone.
Dr. Leslie B. Anthony recommends using a soft bristled brush to effectively remove plaque and debris from your teeth. Soft bristled toothbrushes are the most commonly used toothbrush and are very easy to find.
An extra soft micro fine toothbrush that was created by a periodontist that has two levels of extra fine tapered bristles that clean difficult to reach areas. Therefore, This brush is great for people with sensitive teeth.
Medium to hard
These very stiff bristled toothbrushes are not recommended because stiff bristles can irritate and damage gums, erode enamel and even cause your root surfaces to become exposed if gums have receded.
Regular or Compact size
If you have a smaller mouth or trouble reaching hard to clean areas the compact size is recommended and will allow you to clean your teeth more completely.
An electric toothbrush that provides a deep cleaning action that effectively cleans the teeth and stimulates the gums. It is extremely gentle, even on sensitive teeth. This toothbrush may be a good option for someone that has dexterity or range of motion issues with their hands as it does some of the work for you. This toothbrush also has a built in two-minute timer.
Repeated use breaks down the bristles
As a result we recommend that you change your toothbrush out every 3-4 months. Along with brushing and flossing daily it is important to schedule a professional cleaning every six months with one of our friendly hygienists at the office of Leslie B. Anthony D.M.D.