Selecting a toothbrush at the oral care aisle at the drugstore might seem as an impossible task. So many options… 😕 What kind should you get? Are they all the same?

The reality is not all brushes are created equal. Only brushes that are listed as having soft or extra soft bristles should be used as a part of patients’ oral hygiene routine. The only thing medium and hard bristled tooth brushes should be used for is scrubbing the floor, and definitely not on the teeth.

Look for the key words “extra soft” or “ultra soft” on a toothbrush package.

Why soft/ extra soft?

           The reason is the medium and hard bristled toothbrushes can damage teeth and gums, causing loss of gum tissue called gingival recession. Extreme sensitivity to cold is one of the most common symptoms of this condition. The teeth become more prone to cavities.

Prevention is the key

Learning proper brushing technique and using a soft-bristled toothbrush is a way to prevent these problems from occurring. Remember to place the toothbrush half on the tooth and half on the gum and to not apply too much pressure. Brush with small circles. And don’t forget to floss!

Proper Brushing Technique

You would be surprised how many people have never learned how to properly brush!!! Make sure to find a dentist/ dental hygienist who will take their time to give you a proper oral hygiene instruction.

We recommend the three 3:3:3: technique. You start with the three teeth all the way towards the back on the cheek surface and place the toothbrush half on the tooth and half on the gums. After brushing gently with small circles for three seconds, you do the same thing on those three teeth on the chewing surface. After that you do the surface facing your tongue for three seconds. Continue this routine throughout the entire mouth. Overlap. Don’t linger in the same area for too long. It will exacerbate your sensitivity symptoms.

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