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Toothbrushes - Tips & Facts

Our patient’s comfort and overall wellbeing are our top priority. At 22nd @ Taylor Dental Care, we aim to provide you with a comfortable and relaxing environment. We will exceed your expectations through professional results and our friendly staff.

How to Buy A Toothbrush

Standing in the toothbrush aisle can be a bit overwhelming. With so many choices between brands, bristles, and functions. How do you know which type of toothbrush is best for you?

Manual VS. Electric

While not everyone needs an electric toothbrush, many can certainly benefit from using one. Electric toothbrushes tend to be more effective at reducing plaque and may better decrease the risk of gingivitis. The cost of an electric toothbrush, however, can be a hindrance to some, whereas some just prefer the feel of a mutual toothbrush.

If your dentist says your current brushing routine is effective with a manual toothbrush, you don't necessarily need to switch to an electric toothbrush.

Soft Bristles Are Best

While it might feel more satisfying to brush with hard bristles, they can actually be incredibly abrasive and even cause damage to your gums and teeth. Soft bristles will take care of the cleaning without causing damage.

Choosing The Right Toothbrush Head

One of the best ways to ensure you have the best toothbrush for your needs is to make sure you have the right toothbrush head for your mouth. You want to choose one that fits your mouth comfortably and lets you reach all of your teeth.

An angled brush head helps reach the insides of your teeth, especially the inside of your lower and upper front teeth. These areas can be susceptible to tartar buildup because they are harder to reach with a standard-sized toothbrush.

A compact toothbrush head is smaller than a full-size and has fewer bristles. Some people prefer a compact head and find them easier to use, especially those with small mouths, while other people simply prefer a full-size brush head. It's always recommended you try both to ensure you find the best fit for you.

There are also options when it comes to shape - some are more tapered, while others are broad. What matters most is whatever is most comfortable for your mouth and can reach the farthest edges of your molars.

Choosing A Grip

Much like the head size and shape, there are also lots of options when it comes to your toothbrush handle. Ergonomic handles or non-slip grips are generally easier to hold, but once again, it all comes down to what is most comfortable in your hand. Don't be afraid to try out the feel of a few different brush handles before committing to a purchase.

Look for the CDA Seal

The final suggestion to look for when choosing a toothbrush is a CDA (Canadian Dental Association) Seal. Different toothbrush companies claim their brushes offer certain oral health benefits. This seal helps consumers know which products have been reviewed and validated by the Canadian Dental Association. If a product bears the CDA seal, you can rest assured it will deliver the oral health benefits claimed by the manufacturer.

Talk to Your Dentist

If you're still feeling overwhelmed when you go toothbrush shopping, don't be afraid to reach out to your dentist. They will be able to provide some insight and recommendations on which brush best suits the size and shape of your mouth.

Ultimately, the best toothbrush is the one you like and will use every day, twice a day, for 2 minutes at a time. And don't forget, always replace your toothbrush (or brush head, if you're using an electric toothbrush) at least every three months. It's also recommended that you change your toothbrush after an illness.

Make a smart toothbrush purchase and brushing properly can ensure you enjoy better oral health for years to come!

We cannot wait to meet you!


At 22nd @ Taylor Dental Care in Red Deer, we are passionate and driven to improve your physical health by treating your dentistry and oral hygiene needs. Dentistry for the whole family includes laser dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, sleep studies, sleep appliances, TMJ treatment, wisdom teeth removal, root canals, implants, Invisalign, and tongue ties. We are here to listen to your dental needs and provide you with options for your best dental health. We will show you the many links between the health of your mouth and your body. We have some incredible methods for making dentistry easy and comfortable. Follow us on Instagramand Facebook for tips, updates, and dental education.

Give us a call to inquire – we’re happy to answer any questions you might have!

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