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Does the Type of Toothbrush You Use Matter?

August 27, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhughes @ 7:26 pm

man using electric toothbrush

Most of us know that we need to brush our teeth twice a day to keep away cavities and gum disease. However, there are a lot of different types of toothbrushes out there. Did you know that each one can have a different impact on your oral health? Read on as a dentist in Ardmore talks the different kinds of toothbrushes and how you can be sure you’re using the right one.

Kids’ Brush

Many electric toothbrushes were designed with little mouths in mind, such as the Oral B electric toothbrush. It comes with a variety of different cartoon characters, so your child is sure to find one they love. The oscillating brush head does an excellent job of cleaning all the surfaces of the tooth in a way that’s gentle.

Silicone Bristles

If you have sensitive teeth due to receding gums, you know how painful it can be to use a regular, nylon-bristled brush. That’s why there are brushes like the Foreo Issa. The silicone bristles are extra gentle on your sensitive teeth. They also last much longer and are more resistant to bacteria.


If you’ve been on social media lately, you may have heard about people using charcoal toothpaste to whiten their teeth. Some toothbrushes have started incorporating charcoal into the bristles to make the process a little less messy. Activated charcoal contains pores that absorb surface stains in teeth, cleaning them while making them shine nice and bright.


Regular toothbrushes may not work as well at cleaning under the metal brackets of braces. That’s why you need a special brush like the Curaprox. It has a long-bristled head designed to angle in between your brackets and under your wires. This prevents plaque from building up under the teeth and causing permanent stains when you get your braces off.


A recent study from the Oral Health Foundation has proven that people who use electric toothbrushes have cleaner mouths than those who use manual. This may be because they are easier to use and can reach more areas of the tooth. One electric toothbrush that is taking the world by storm right now is called Quip. This simple, thin brush is great for sensitive teeth and gums. It even comes with an optional subscription service where it sends you a new brush head every 3 months when it’s time to change it.

As you can see, there is a lot more to choose from than just color when it comes to toothbrushes. While choosing the right brush is important, it’s also crucial that you brush every day to keep away cavities.

About the Author

Dr. Robert Hughes has half a century of dental experience since he first earned his degree in 1969. He believes in treating all of his patients the way he would want to be treated. To ask him what type of toothbrush would best benefit you, contact Dr. Hughes here or at (580)-223-3838.

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