Brushing Up: Basic Facts and FAQs about your Toothbrush

A red toothbrush on a light blue background.If you’ve ever found yourself pondering on that bristled, colorful piece of plastic scrubbing away at your teeth this post is for you. And if you haven’t, please don’t brush us off just yet.

As it turns out, most people own a blue or red bristled brush that they use daily in an effort to fight cavities, gum disease, and plaque though relatively few people actually understand the nature of this battle. This post will hopefully shed some light on this topic and answer some of the most frequent questions we get at the office.


1. How many times should I brush a day?

The ADA,  American Dental Association, recommends brushing twice a day to help prevent cavities and improve oral health

2. Why is brushing so important?

Brushing helps to remove food and buildup. In addition, brushing also helps to remove bacteria which feeds on this food and buildup and can cause tooth decay and cavities.

3. Are electric toothbrushes better or more effective?

Electric toothbrushes are not inherently better than manual or traditional toothbrushes. Either type of toothbrush can effectively maintain oral health. The key is to brush carefully and thoroughly for the recommended two minutes, at least twice a day.

Some individuals find that electric brushes help them to brush for the entire span of recommended time. Some children and seniors find maneuvering an electric brush to be easier. Find the type of toothbrush that best allows you to thoroughly brush your teeth.

4. The toothbrushes at the store have different hardnesses. Which do you recommend?

There are various types of toothbrushes available for purchase, some of which advertise hard, medium, or soft brushes. We recommend using a soft brush to reduce damage to teeth and gums. We also caution that hard brushes or excessively vigorous brushing can injure the teeth and gums. Effective brushing involves gentle polishing and scrubbing motions not rigorous or violent maneuvers.

5.What color is your toothbrush Dr. Mark?

Purple, at the moment 🙂