How To Choose A Toothbrush

Posted by Gresham Family Dentistry on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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Gresham Family Dentistry Helps Families Stay Smiling And Healthy

Gresham Family Dentistry aims to give the best family dentistry services in Gresham! Our family dentistry services provide for the whole family. After all, dental health is important at every age! Part of keeping your teeth healthy is regularly replacing your toothbrush. Gresham Family Dentistry recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months – or sooner if the ends of the bristles are frayed!

Gresham patients may ask themselves, however, what is the best toothbrush to choose when it’s time to find a new one? There are a lot of toothbrush options out there, and every patient has individual needs for their toothbrush to fulfill. Here are some things to consider while choosing a toothbrush.


The best toothbrush head for you should allow you easy access to all surfaces of your teeth. For most adults, a toothbrush head a half-inch wide and one-inch tall will be the easiest to use, and the most effective. Though there are larger toothbrush heads available, you may find that it is difficult to maneuver them to clean certain hard-to-reach areas, such as the sides and backs of your molars. The toothbrush should have a long enough handle so you can comfortably hold it in your hand.

Bristle Variety

When it’s time to replace your toothbrush, you will be able to select a toothbrush with soft, medium, or hard nylon bristles. For the vast majority of people, a soft-bristled toothbrush will be the most comfortable and safest choice. Depending on how vigorously you brush your teeth and the strength of your teeth, medium and hard-bristled brushes could actually damage the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel. For even more tooth protection when you brush, be sure the bristles on the toothbrush you select have rounded tips.

Expert Recommendation

To ensure your toothbrush has undergone rigorous quality control tests for cleaning effectiveness and safety, ask your dentist for a recommendation. Gresham Family Dentistry considers it part of our expert family dentistry services to make sure that all our Gresham patients are using recommended toothbrushes. Gresham patients can also look for manual or powered toothbrushes that have earned the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval.

For disposable toothbrushes, this seal ensures that the bristles will have safe tips; the bristles will not fall out of the toothbrush under typical brushing conditions; the handle will withstand normal use, and the toothbrush will effectively reduce plaque build-up and gum disease in their early stages.

In addition to satisfying these conditions, powered or electric toothbrushes bearing the seal also must undergo safety testing in an independent lab and prove through clinical trials that the toothbrush is safe for use on the tissues of the mouth and teeth, as well as any dental hardware that may be in place.

Gresham Family Dentistry urges its Gresham patients to brush regularly and make regular visits to your dentist! Our family dentistry services are available to the Gresham community. Gresham Family Dentistry is eager to help families in the Gresham comunity maintain top-notch dental health.

Get All The Best Family Dentistry Services And Advice Through Gresham Family Dentistry

Be proactive about your oral health – schedule an appointment today for an oral checkup for your baby with Gresham Family Dentistry. At Gresham Family Dentistry, our priority is your comfort. We provide quality dental services for the entire family including sedation dentistry, childrens dentistry, oral surgery, dental cleanings, and more!

Our hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM and Thursday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

To schedule a visit, contact us or call 503-661-2600.



Categories: Brushing tips, Family Dentistry, Toothpaste tips

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