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A toothbrush is just a toothbrush, right? Aside from price or the color of the handle, there’s nothing special about all the different brushes you see for sale, is there?

Actually, there is. The right toothbrush can quickly become the best friend of your teeth, ensuring they’re healthy and that your oral health is in tip-top shape. To help you understand this concept, read on further to see just exactly how your toothbrush affects your teeth and oral health.

Brush size
Here at Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD in Boise, Idaho, you’ll notice that Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith only stocks their office with brushes that have small heads. The brushes used to clean your teeth are tiny, and this is for a good reason. The smaller size brush you use, the easier it is to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth that a larger brush can’t quite get.


You may think that soft bristles are the best choice in a toothbrush. While you definitely want bristles that don’t irritate your gums, you also don’t want to use a brush once the bristles have begun to fray. Bristles that are frayed and not stiff enough don’t clean your teeth nearly effectively enough.

While this isn’t always an immediately obvious connection to make, the truth is that with the right brush you’ll be much happier – and healthier. If you want to hear what our office’s recommendation is for the best toothbrush, or you simply need to schedule a cleaning, call us today at 208-343-4986.