Robert B. Ruyak, DMD

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Choose the Right Toothbrush for You

Choosing a toothbrush may be essential for doing a proper job brushing your teeth. Since there are so many options to choose from, we want to give some general tips for picking the right one for you. Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD wants all of our patients here in our Bethlehem, PA office to understand the importance of picking the right toothbrush.

In order to get easier maneuvering of the toothbrush, you want to be sure you can grip it easily. Look for one with a non-slip grip instead of just smooth plastic. In addition, if you have trouble using your hands, look for a thicker handle. There are even toothbrushes specially made for those with arthritis.

Next, look for a toothbrush with a small head. A big head with a ton of bristles won’t do you any good if you cannot fit it everywhere in your mouth. A small head makes it easier to reach every spot.

Stiff bristles are not necessary for clean teeth. Soft bristles with a light touch are all that is needed to remove plaque. Therefore, choose a toothbrush that says it has medium bristles. Do not choose a soft-bristled toothbrush unless directed to by your dentist.

Electric toothbrushes have been shown to do the same job brushing as manual toothbrushes so it is up to you on which type you prefer. However, it is worth noting that people with arthritis or other trouble using their hands may benefit from an electric toothbrush. It makes brushing easier as it does most of the work.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is vital for your oral health. To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD, call our Bethlehem, PA office at (610) 861-0777 or visit our website,

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