Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Choosing the right toothbrush is an important part of maintaining proper oral hygiene. Consider these factors when choosing a brush for you:

Bristle Variety

Toothbrushes come in various bristle varieties; firm, medium and soft. For most people, a medium strength brush is best suited for daily cleaning. However, a firm toothbrush may be recommended for those with more extensive plaque build-up while a soft brush may be recommended for children and those with sensitive teeth and gums. Unless recommended by your dentist, opt for a medium toothbrush that cleans your teeth without hurting the gums.


Toothbrushes come in various sizes and are designed for different people. Choose a toothbrush with a head that is proportional to the size of your mouth. If you have a small mouth a toothbrush with a big head will make it difficult to clean in hard-to-reach places. If you have a large mouth a toothbrush with a small head does not offer enough coverage and will quickly wear out.


There are many new types of brushes, specially designed to assist in various dental problems. Speak to your dentists to see if these models are suited for your dental needs.

In addition to choosing the right brush, keeping your brush clean and dry is important. Remember to replace your brush every 3 months or sooner if you notice that the bristles have become worn out.