30th November , 2021
Teeth Whitening

How to Choose the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Take a trip to any chemist or dental products aisle in the supermarket and you will find you are bombarded by a wide range of toothbrushes and a huge variety of toothpastes all promising you different things. The big question most of us have is how do you know which toothpaste and brush are the best ones to consider.

Choosing a brush

Most dentists will recommend an electric toothbrush with an oscillating head to their patients. There are a number of reasons for this. The first is that the majority of these toothbrushes have a timer feature which makes it very easy to make sure you are actually brushing your teeth for long enough. The second reason is that they can be better at cleaning your teeth, getting into some of the areas that you might struggle to reach with a manual toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes are also a good choice for anyone with reduced mobility in their hands, and children who are reluctant to brush their teeth can often be persuaded to use an electric toothbrush where they wouldn’t use a manual one.

You should also purchase some inter-dental care products as well to assist you with those areas that are harder to reach, this could include dental floss.

Choosing toothpaste

Not only will you find a wide range of toothpaste brands out there, but they all offer different things from toothpastes that say they will help to whiten your teeth to those that are for sensitive teeth or even suggest they will help to repair your teeth. It is recommended that you opt for a toothpaste that has a fluoride content of between 1,350 to 1,500 parts per million (ppm), you should be able to find this information on the side of the toothpaste tube.

Sometimes however you may need a toothpaste with a higher fluoride content at the recommendation of your dentist. This might you have some decay issues or dry mouth. However if this is the case your dentist will advise you on the type of toothpaste that you need and you should seek their advice before buying anything.

With the events of the last 18 months it might be a while since you last visited the dentist. However, regular check-ups are important as they can help to spot issues early so book a visit with us today to give your teeth the check-up they deserve. 

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