What is the Best Toothbrush? Dr. Forster Weighs-in

I get questions about toothbrushes quite often and developed this Q&A for you:

What is the Best Toothbrush? Q: What toothbrush should I be using?

A: Most people are perfectly fine using a traditional manual toothbrush and do not need an electric toothbrush. Brushes with smaller heads are more effective because they can get into hard-to-reach spaces more effectively and make sure you are brushing properly!

We dentists advise up-and-down motions or brushing in small circles and always use a soft toothbrush. Most stores have brushes with a range of stiffness from extra soft to hard and some even sell brushes with metal bristles. Do NOT use these brushes unless you want to scour your gums away and pay a lot of money for tissue grafting. Any brush labeled extra soft, soft, or sensitive is going to work for anybody brushing properly.

Q: What about electric toothbrushes?

A: Electric toothbrushes like the Sonicare or the Triumph are useful for people who have difficulty cleaning their teeth with a manual toothbrush. This is particularly important for individuals with arthritis. The movement of the brush head facilitates more thorough cleaning of the tooth surfaces around and under the gums as well as between the teeth. It is important to note that this is great for the outside surfaces of the teeth but you still need to floss daily to clean between the teeth.

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