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How to pick a toothpaste and toothbrush

May 24, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Glazer

How to pick a toothpaste and toothbrush.


Electric or manual, hard or soft bristled, with fluoride or without. The choices! 

Walking down the dental care aisle at your local pharmacy or grocery store, are you paralyzed with the amount of choices? We've all experienced this at some point, but not worry- we're here to provide some quick information to help ease the decision-making process.


Select a brush with soft bristles, small head and one that is comfortable. Soft-bristles are best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth and along the gum line. Another harder than a soft toothbrush, can often cause more damage to the surrounding gums and tooth structure. The size and shape of the brush is personal preference, but consider a smaller head making it easier to clean the hard to reach areas.


Choose a toothpaste that fits your needs. Some toothpastes are designed to help with sensitivity or teeth whitening. If you find something that works for you, stick with it.  For children, make sure the taste is appealing (bubble gum and sparkles usually help!) and contains fluoride to help prevent cavities.  Children under 3 years old (and for anyone who can’t spit), should be using toothpaste that is the size of a grain of rice.  For children 3+ a pea-sized amount is best. 



Happy shopping!

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