17 March 2015

Which toothbrush & toothpaste should I use?


Despite all the attempts by toothbrush manufacturers to tell us otherwise, this issue really comes down to personal preference. As long as the bristles are soft, a battery operated, manual or electric toothbrush is fine

What is important, however, is the technique used to clean your pearly whites. Ensure that a circular motion is used to brush teeth, instead of a scrubbing action, gums, tongue and cheeks are important to clean as well. Using the back of the toothbrush to scrub your tongue can make a real difference to your dental health, because human tongues are rich in bad bacteria.

Certain dental conditions can necessitate the use of a toothbrush with a specific size, shape or hardness. These individual nuances are best determined in consultation with your dentist.

What about toothpaste?

Most toothpastes are quite similar. For children under 6 a kids' toothpaste is fine to use, and after this age a normal adult toothpaste will be just fine. However, you should be careful in believing the claims of many well-known toothpaste brand. Do you research, check the ingredients listed on the pack and make an informed decision about the toothpaste you want your family to use.

One thing is for certain: contrary to the opinions of a vocal minority, it is important to ensure that every toothpaste tube used by you and your family contains fluoride. Fluoride is very helpful in building strong and durable teeth, when used every day from a young age.

Next time you come in to see our caring and friendly dentists, ask us for samples of a brand that is different to what you use and something that may be more suited to your needs. You can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 or by booking an appointment online now:

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