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Health

Your toothbrush should work soft, easy

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Buying a toothbrush sounds easy, until you see the array of choices.

You are faced with a wall of options, but sorting through all the colors, shapes and sizes, can be simplified.

Here are some factors to consider.

First, are you a habitual, regular brusher? If so, either a manual or electric will do. If you don’t, a battery-powered electric brush might be your best choice.

Some people don’t brush right or regularly, so “we usually try to steer people” to electric toothbrushes because the circular and/or up-down actions are faster than the tedious hand-wrist motion with a manual toothbrush, said Dr. Eric Salud, lead dentist at Complete Comfort Dental in Channahon.

An electric toothbrush “cleans the teeth more efficiently” and “applies the right pressure to the teeth and gums,” he said.

Second, always choose one with the softest bristles you can find.

“Medium or hard bristles are too abrasive to the gums. People normally brush too hard, apply too much pressure, because they think the harder they brush, the cleaner their teeth. But hard bristles damage the gums,” Dr. Salud said.

“Let the toothbrush do the work,” he said.

Finally, remember the best brushing motion is circular. With a hand brush, you will want to apply very light pressure.


An electric brush rides over the teeth with little or no pressure. All you do is “steer.” Choose one with a section of round bristles that move in that preferred circular motion, not just up and down.

And pay a visit to your dentist, who can tell whether a problem is developing. They can also explain how to brush properly, a good defense if you have the right tool.

Complete Comfort Dental

25445 S. Pheasant Lane, Suite I, Channahon, IL 60410

Call (815) 828-5355, or visit www.completecomfortdental.com.