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Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

You’re trying to do your best to take good care of your teeth. And that’s a good thing! But if you want to get the most out of your oral hygiene routine, you need to make sure that you are using the right tools for the job. Keep reading to find out how to pick the best products to protect your pearly whites!

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

You might think that all toothbrushes are pretty much the same. But that simply isn’t the case. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your next brush:

    • Manual or electric—Both manual and electric toothbrushes will clean your teeth but some studies have shown that electric toothbrushes, especially the rotation oscillation kind, are more effective at removing plaque around the gum line.
    • Size—Toothbrushes come in a wide range of sizes but for most people, a smaller brush size will do a better job of getting to all the hard to reach places in your mouth.
    • Bristle strength—Hard bristles, combined with vigorous brushing, can actually damage your gums and enamel. Your best bet is to buy a soft bristled brush that is gentle on your teeth and gums.

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

Dentists in Edmonton agree that one of the most important ingredients to look for when buying a toothpaste is fluoride. A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride strengthens your enamel and protects your teeth from acid wear. Most toothpastes also promise to help with at least one of the following:

      • Tartar control—Tartar control toothpastes contain chemical compounds (fluoride included) that help to prevent the buildup of tartar on the teeth.
      • Sensitive teeth—Toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth usually contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, both of which help relieve sensitivity by blocking pathways to nerves inside the teeth.
      • Whitening—Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that polish your teeth and remove stains.

If you are not sure which toothpaste to use, feel free to ask for a recommendation from one of the friendly family dentists at The Dentists at Northgate in Edmonton.

Taking Care of Your Brush

Most dentists in Edmonton agree that you should toss your brush and buy a new one at least 4 times per year. For an easy way to remember, simply change your brush in every new season.

The Dentists at Northgate are the family dentists of choice for Edmonton and the surrounding area. Whether you need help choosing a toothbrush, or you need a complicated dental procedure, The Dentists at Northgate can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our multilingual team of dedicated dental professionals.

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