Saskatoon Dental Group is a locally owned, full-scale Saskatoon dental clinic offering general dentistry services. At Saskatoon Dental Group, we are dedicated to offering excellent care to our amazing patients who are like family to us. We are grateful to treat whole families in Saskatoon across multiple generations and have a multicultural team speaking multiple languages. Do you feel overwhelmed when you walk into a Shopper’s Drug Mart and have to purchase a new toothbrush? And it feels like it gets worse when you start to wonder which toothbrush is correct. Today we are going to review: 

Which Toothbrush Is Correct?

Soft, Medium and Hard Bristles

It is recommended by the Canadian Dental Association that soft bristles are best for most people.  Many people think they should go with medium or hard bristles but it has been shown that most people brush too hard and the combination of medium or hard bristles and too-aggressive brushing methods, can actually lead to tooth abrasions, loss of enamel and gum irritation. 

The Shape of your Toothbrush

The next thing to review when determining which toothbrush is correct is the shape of your toothbrush. 

Toothbrushes come in two general shapes, a rectangular shape and a diamond/rounded shaped head.  Typically the diamond/rounded shaped head is preferred as it is narrower at the top to reach tight spaces and around the back of your teeth. 

The next thing to review is the length of the bristles.  The same length and shape bristles are neatly packed together.  V-Shaped or wavy bristles are great for reaching in between your teeth.  Bristles that are multi-level are good for hard-to-reach areas in the back of your mouth and in between your teeth.  Normally wavy or multi-level bristles provide better plaque removal. 

Manual or Electric Toothbrushes, which toothbrush is correct? 

Both electric and manual toothbrushes clean your teeth effectively.  Some people prefer electric toothbrushes because they work well for people who don’t brush for a long enough time, or as well as they should.  People with body ailments tend to find electric toothbrushes easier to use as well. 

At the end of the day, Saskatoon Dental Group, recommends that the best toothbrush for each person is the one that works best for them as an individual.  They are always welcoming patients looking for a new dental family. If you would like to book a checkup or if you have any dental questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We hope we fully explained why you shouldn’t skip your dental check-ups!

See you soon!

The Saskatoon Dental Group Team

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