Aaron M. Schertzer DDS PC

5445 Telegraph Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63129
(314) 892 -2120



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By Advanced Dental Arts
November 23, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of maintaining your dental health. In between regular check-ups, brushing and flossing your teeth will help your oral health. When you look for a toothbrush to perform this essential task, how do you know what kind of toothbrush is best? Here are some considerations when you shop for a toothbrush, but you can also start by asking a dental professional, like Dr. Aaron Schertzer, a family dentist serving Oakville, MO. 

Look For The ADA Seal

The American Dental Association (ADA) provides a seal of approval to toothbrushes that have met safety and quality standards for good dental health practices. When your toothbrush is ADA approved, the bristles will have safe tips and will not fall out during regular brushing. It also ensures that the handle is durable, and the brush will provide good prevention of tooth decay and gum disease when used properly and regularly. For additional recommendations, talk to your family dentist, like Dr. Schertzer in Oakville, MO. 

Manual Or Electric

There is a tremendous variety of toothbrushes to choose from and the choices might seem difficult. Most dentists will tell you that the best toothbrush is the one that encourages you to use it. While studies have not shown a conclusive increase in preventing gum disease or removing plaque when comparing electric over manual toothbrushes, if the features on an electric toothbrush are appealing to you, there is no reason to not use one. Some people may brush more vigorously when using manual toothbrushes and this can actually cause problems if too much pressure is applied. Using an electric toothbrush may provide the same feeling of a clean mouth with less vigorous brushing practices. 

There have been some studies suggesting that electric toothbrushes with oscillating heads are more effective in removing plaque than manual toothbrushes.

Size And Bristle Strength

The brush area of most toothbrushes is around one and a half inches long, which is sufficient for most people. Electric toothbrushes may have a smaller area but still clean efficiently. You want a handle that is comfortable and long enough to easily reach the molars in the back of your mouth, so you can do effectively clean those harder-to-reach teeth. Generally speaking, a soft bristle is fine for almost everyone. If you think you need a harder bristle strength, discuss this with your family dentist first. 

For specific questions about choosing the right toothbrush or other oral health issues, contact Dr. Schertzer, your family dentist in Oakville, MO. Contact us at (314) 892-2120 to schedule your appointment today.