How to Choose a Toothbrush?

Since nylon bristled toothbrushes were first released in 1938 they have undergone tremendous change, and now mechanical toothbrushes, electronic toothbrushes, and sonic toothbrushes are available in all dental clinics, pharmacies and even supermarkets, and Tauranga is no exception.

However, despite the improvements in toothbrush technology, the fundamentals of what makes a good toothbrush have remained the same, and the dentists at Bethlehem Dental Centre recommend that you consider the following when buying your next toothbrush:


An appropriately sized toothbrush will help ensure that all of your teeth are cleaned from every angle, as the head of the brush will be able to clean all hard-to-reach places in your mouth.

The size of the toothbrush is especially important for children’s teeth or for anyone with teeth which are out of alignment.

The dentists at Bethlehem Dental Centre recommend to err on the side of caution and purchase a brush with a smaller head, to ensure that none of your teeth are being inadvertently neglected.


In order to maintain the long-term health of teeth and gums, the dentists of Bethlehem Dental Centre suggest that patients choose soft bristled toothbrushes, as they provide a gentle and effective clean.

Hard bristled toothbrushes are not recommend in most cases, as they can scratch patients’ gums and the surface of teeth, ultimately causing damage and negatively affecting dental health.


Modern toothbrushes are often advertised as having a wealth of technological features and designs, reportedly offering more effective cleaning of teeth. However, even with these technological advances, the dentists at Bethlehem Dental Centre know that regular and consistent brushing is still the most effective method of preventing decay and maintaining dental hygiene.

Bethlehem Dental Centre does not endorse any specific toothbrush, but our dentists have found that patient’s are often motivated to brush their teeth more often and more regularly when they find a toothbrush with a feature they believe in. Our dentists actively encourage clients to find and make use of a toothbrush which resonates with them.

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