What to look for
A small head - most of us will naturally choose a toothbrush with a large head. This is the first mistake. For people with an average sized mouth the best length for a toothbrush head is about 2cm long ranging up to 3cm if you have a larger mouth.
An oval head without any sharp edges to catch your gums.
A handle that fits comfortably into your hand.
Most importantly the correct bristles - 'Soft' or 'natural' bristles can't remove the build up of plaque from your teeth. 'Hard' bristles will damage the delicate gums and cause recession. This leaves us with 'medium' bristles. These must always be nylon and we find that most reputable manufacturers use the same stiffness of bristles for all their main range of brushes.
Ask your hygienist which toothbrush is right for you.
We are very keen on the use of electric rechargeable toothbrushes. They produce a vigorous but controlled cleaning action which can't be improved upon by manual brushing. Whilst many people clean their teeth excellently with a conventional toothbrush we feel it is easier, faster and more sustainable to get the cleanest teeth with an electric brush. Ask us for a recommendation next time you are at the practice.