Your questions about toothbrushes answered

Even though you use your toothbrush every day, you probably don’t pay it much attention. But did you know that you could be brushing incorrectly and that you might not be using the best toothbrush for you?

In this post, we’ll clear up the confusion about toothbrushes by answering some of your questions.

What should I look for in a toothbrush?

Choosing a toothbrush doesn’t have to be difficult. When choosing a toothbrush, you should simply take the following factors into account:

  • Comfortable handle. Choose a toothbrush with a comfortable handle because it needs to feel comfortable when you’re brushing.
  • Small head. The toothbrush you choose should have a small head so it can get all the way to the back of your mouth.
  • Soft bristles. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles so they’re not too abrasive to your teeth.
  • Bristles of different lengths. Ideally, the toothbrush should have bristles of different lengths to clean in the gaps between your teeth.

When should I replace my toothbrush?

You can tell when it’s time to replace a toothbrush by looking at the bristles. A new toothbrush that’s fresh out of the packet will have straight bristles that point straight upwards. An old toothbrush, on the other hand, will have bristles that are splayed outwards. You should change your toothbrush when the bristles of your toothbrush first start to splay. This applies to electric toothbrushes as well as manual toothbrushes.

Some toothbrushes also have colour indicators where the colours on your head fade and go white over time. When this happens, you know it’s time to change the head.

Should I use an electric toothbrush?

If you haven’t tried an electric toothbrush before, then we recommend that you try one because they are generally better at brushing your teeth than a normal toothbrush. This is because an electric brush will do all of the hard work for you.

However, if you’ve tried an electric toothbrush before and you didn’t like it, then there’s no need to worry – it’s okay to use a manual toothbrush, as long as you use the correct way of brushing.

What is the correct way to brush with an electric toothbrush?

Start with your lower teeth and angle the bristles down towards the gums, just as you would with a normal toothbrush. Then turn the power on and hold the bristles on one tooth for about three seconds. Then move over to the next tooth for about three seconds, then the next tooth, and so on all the way around your mouth.

What should I look for in a toothpaste?

The most important thing to look for in a toothpaste is the concentration of fluoride. You should look for a toothpaste with a concentration of fluoride of 1450 parts per million (PPM) – this is a good level that will protect your teeth.

So when you’re in the supermarket or pharmacy, have a look at the packaging of the different toothpastes and try to find one that says 1450 PPM. Most big name brand toothpastes will contain this level of fluoride as well as most of the supermarket generic brands.