We’ve all been there….you walk into the shop or pharmacy to buy a new toothbrush and you find the shelves full of different styles, sizes and colours. “Which one is the right one for me?” Too confused, you end up leaving without buying one!

So what makes a good manual toothbrush?

A good toothbrush should have medium-to-soft, long, rounded, nylon bristles. A wide handle with a comfortable grip will make it easy to manoeuvre around and reach all the important spots in your mouth. You want the head to be a good proportion for your mouth; bigger if you have a big mouth, and smaller if you have a neat sized mouth.

Don’t be tempted to buy a hard toothbrush with the expectation that it will clean your teeth more thoroughly as they could actually cause tooth wear, and lead to sensitivity and even fillings. A medium toothbrush, used properly, will deliver the best results.

Some of my patients ask, “Which toothbrush can help to whiten my teeth?” My answer is, “None”! A toothbrush cannot make your teeth whiter. Manufacturers add plastic bristles only to polish your teeth and make them shinier by helping to reflect light.

My advice to everyone would be to buy a good quality, branded, medium toothbrush and use it twice a day, floss or use an interdental brush at least once a day and, of course, visit your dentist every six months for a check-up.

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This page was last updated on the 12th of May 2015