What kind of toothbrush should I use?

We all know the importance of brushing twice a day, and flossing at least once daily. So, the short answer is to choose a brush you are most likely to use!

At Queen Anne Dental, we know that it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the variety of toothbrushes offered at your local store. Electric or manual? Soft bristles or medium? It would be difficult to give one specific answer, because everyone is different and has unique needs.

The best place to start is with your dental hygienist. He or she is specifically trained to determine which type of brush will be most effective for you. The type of dental work you have had done, the condition of your teeth, and even your age are determining factors.

For instance, very young children and older adults with arthritis will find it easier to use an electronic toothbrush that does most of the work. While high-end electronic toothbrushes have proven to be very effective, you can also find less expensive variations that work quite well.

Whatever toothbrush type you and your hygienist choose, make sure you replace either the brush or replacement head every three months. Over time, the brush will accumulate bacteria, which defeats the purpose of brushing.

Please contact our Queen Anne dental office to schedule a professional cleaning. At that time, we will be happy to suggest a brush that best fits your particular needs.