Did you know that good oral home care begins by using the correct toothbrush?

Did you know that good oral home care begins by using the correct toothbrush?

This highly effective cleaning tool not only cleans your teeth but also prevents bacteria growth and inflammation in the supporting gum tissue, so purchasing the proper toothbrush is important!

Here's what to look for and consider when shopping for your next toothbrush.

The Size & Shape:
There's no "one size fits all" toothbrush on the market and bigger isn't necessarily better. A brush that's too large for the mouth can miss plaque build-up in the tight spots between your teeth and hard to reach molars in the back of your mouth.

If you have a narrow jaw, brush with a tapered or narrow head while for a wider jaw, a larger wider brush might be appropriate.

You'll know you've found the correct size head when you can comfortably clean all the way around your last upper molars

The Bristles:
Always opt for a soft or an extra-soft toothbrush. Softer bristles bend easily to contour around and between teeth and are effective in removing plaque along the gum line without damaging the tissue. People mistakenly believe that a hard bristle brush will do a more thorough job but the opposite is true. Hard bristles often miss areas between the teeth and are much harder on the gums.

The Handle:
Today's ergonomically designed handles make it easier to hold your toothbrush. Many come with padded grips and indentations for your thumb and fingers. Finding a toothbrush that is comfortable to hold and maneuver is important but has no effect on how well you brush your teeth.

The Color & Style:
There's a rainbow of toothbrushes to choose from and selecting one that matches the color of your eyes or style of your bathroom is up to you. The key is to buy one that appeals to you and distinguishes itself in some way from the other brushes in your family's toothbrush holder.

Ronald Rosser DDS