What sort of toothbrush should I use?

What sort of toothbrush should I use?

We are often asked by patients about what sort of toothbrush to use. Given the key aim of the brush is to remove plaque and food debris, we always recommend one that is soft bristled. A soft bristle brush is more than sufficient for this purpose. The use of a medium or hard brush, coupled with an aggressive action, will cause damage to the tooth surface over time. Cleaning with a firmer toothbrush will not remove tartar (calculus). Tartar needs to be removed at the chairside with an appropriate instrument. Therefore, in summary, soft bristled is always best.

Remember the 4 key principles of keeping healthy teeth and gums:

  1. Brush twice a day with a fluoride tooth paste.
  2. Clean teeth daily with floss or an interdental brush.
  3. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugar intake.
  4. Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and preventive care.

Call us today on (03) 5134 1311 to make an appointment for an examination.

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