How to Choose the Best Toothbrush for You

toothbrush In the world of dentistry, your toothbrush is basically your magic wand— if used everyday you can help fight off cavities that would otherwise wreak havoc on your pearly whites. However, did you know that if you’re using an old toothbrush or a toothbrush that isn’t catered towards your mouth that you won’t get the best results possible? From choosing the right strength to the right shape of toothbrush, this article will discuss the best ways to choose a toothbrush that is right for you.

  1. Strength

If you walk down the toothbrush aisle at your local grocery store, supercenter, or drugstore, you will notice that toothbrushes come in different strengths: extra soft, soft, and medium. But how can you decide which strength is best for you and your needs?

Extra Soft- Extra soft toothbrushes are designed for individuals who have sensitive or receding gums due to things like gingivitis are harsh brushing. The extra soft bristles on this type of toothbrush will help clean your teeth without too harsh of pressure.

Soft- If you don’t have bad gums and you’re not too hard on your toothbrush, then a soft toothbrush is likely the right option for you. Designed for the average patient, soft toothbrushes will give you the right amount of pressure and strength to help clean your teeth.

Medium- This strength of toothbrush isn’t recommended for most people because it can cause gums to bleed and even recede if you brush too hard. However, if you are notorious for having strong gums and teeth, and are extra hard on your soft bristled brush, then try a medium toothbrush.

  1. Shape

Toothbrushes come with different curvatures of handles and bristles— some are more angled than others, giving patients the ability to reach some of those hard to get to places. When shopping for the shape of your toothbrush, try to make note of your problem areas. For instance, do you have a hard time reaching your back molars? Can you seem to not get your tongue clean enough? By understanding your problems areas, you can help to pick a toothbrush with the best shape possible.

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Yes! After our long tenured residence at the Tempenns building, McDowell Dental Group will be relocating. In addition to the move we are changing our name to McDowell Dental & Aesthetics. Don’t worry, even though there are a lot of changes happening we are still committed to providing our patients with the same valued care we always have. Lead by Dr. Ashley McDowell the office will bring additional focus to cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics along with all general dentistry services. Dr. Ashley has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a state of the art practice utilizing the best equipment and latest technologies. We are so excited for everyone to see and enjoy our new office.


Starting Monday, November 20th we will be seeing patients at:

1077 Rydal Road
Suite 300
Rydal, PA 19046


It is located just a short distance from our current office. The building has a spacious parking lot and an elevator for ease of travel. We look forward to seeing everyone at our new location!

McDowell Dental & Aesthetics Team