Elmhurst Dentist Shares Information About Assessing And Picking Dental Tools

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Dec 20, 2022

Sometimes improving your dental routine is as simple as being mindful about the tools and products you use each day. This article from our Elmhurst dentists talks about a few things to keep in mind when you’re selecting oral hygiene tools. For example…


The first thing to consider when you are choosing a dental tool is whether it can comfortably fit in your mouth. This may seem silly, but it’s actually really important. Even the most expensive toothbrush won’t adequately clean your smile if it’s too big to reach your back molars. You want to ensure that any brushes, waterpiks, and floss you use can get between all of your teeth, for optimal plaque removal.


It may seem like you want your dental products to be quite abrasive so that they can scrub away dental debris and plaque. However, too much force can actually lead to problems like dental enamel erosion and gum tissue recession. The general rule of thumb is to go with the gentlest tools and formulations you can without sacrificing the thoroughness of your routine. Most patients, for example, will be just fine with a soft-bristled toothbrush.


Finally, try to pick products and formulations that you genuinely like and find appealing! Patients report that it’s appreciably easier to stick to their daily dental routines when they are using their preferred tools. For the most part, the flavor or color of your products won’t really matter—so go with what you like!

Our Elmhurst dentists are here to help you make the best decisions for your oral health, every single day. Please don’t hesitate to call our office or use the Contact Us page on our website to reach a member of our team!