5 Simple Tips for Selecting a New Toothbrush

The people of the world have been cleaning their teeth for centuries. Over the centuries, we have used sticks with frayed ends, rough fabric, or crude brushes made from animal hair. In 2021, we are lucky to have a wide array of toothbrushes to select, but that variety also can also be confusing. In the Triangle, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman wants to reduce some of that confusion by presenting an easy guide to selecting a new brush.

Here are five simple tips to remember when buying a new toothbrush:

  • Replace every 3 months: Even though patients leave Dr. Saltzman’s office with a new brush after each cleaning, that brush isn’t intended to last for six months. When bristles become frayed or worn, usually after about three months, it’s time to replace the brush.
  • Soft bristles: Saltzman recommends softer bristles. Harder bristles don’t clean any better and can irritate gums and even damage enamel when paired with an abrasive toothpaste.
  • Smaller size: The perfect toothbrush should clean just one or two teeth at a time. It should easily reach all tooth surfaces. It doesn’t matter whether the brush head is rectangular, oval, or tapered.
  • Comfortable to use: A toothbrush needs to feel comfortable is the mouth and be easily maneuvered to reach all tooth surfaces. Children benefit from small brush heads and larger handles.
  • Ask advice: Still, confused about which brush to choose? Ask Dr. Saltzman at the next appointment. His years of professional experience with all ages have given him abundant insight into how best to help his clients take great care of their teeth. 

Looking for a new dentist in the Triangle? E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are currently accepting new patients. Call today to schedule a convenient time for an exam.


This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.


919 380 9311


202 Town Village Drive

Cary, NC 27513

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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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