Ask the Dentist : What would you recommend for toothbrush and toothpaste?

OMG!  I suck!  It’s been ages since I wrote a dental post but they just aren’t as pretty and as easy to write as beauty products :P  However, seeing as I didn’t have to work today (Good Friday), I managed to squeeze one in.

The gorgeous Julie at Beauty Snippets asked me a dental-related question last week and I thought that I would make it into a blog post series – Ask the Dentist – because I am one…in case you didn’t know :P.

Question : “Ling Ling, what would you recommend for toothbrush and toothpaste? Curious.”


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So the thing is…my recommendations are totally irrelevant because it is actually up to personal choice and lifestyle on what type of toothbrush and toothpaste you use – BUT just remember these points :-

1.  If using a manual (i.e. non-electric) toothbrush, choose one that has :-

  • Small head (to reach into awkward areas at back)
  • Soft bristles (too hard will wreck the enamel)
  • Angled, tapered neck (to reach into back teeth)

2.  If using an electric toothbrush, choose one that has :-

  • Small head
  • Visible pressure indicator (which will light up if you brush too hard)

3.  As for toothpaste, unless you have allergies, go for a fluoridated toothpaste

  • The minimum fluoride level that I look for is 1000 ppm
  • I, personally, do not advise whitening toothpastes (due to their abrasive nature)
  • Kiddies toothpastes are made for kiddies; not adults!

Products that I have tried and tested and trust are :-

Manual Toothbrushes

  • Colgate 360 Sensitive Pro-Relief : lovely soft brush
  • Colgate 360 Surround : not as soft as the above, but it performs well
  • TePe toothbrushes : small head, but not easily available in shops
  • The BEST Colgate toothbrush EVER from Asia : I didn’t know the name or number of this toothbrush.  I bought it in Asia when I went off travelling and have never found it again.  I actually brought it with me to a dental show and asked a Colgate rep and she looked at me as if I was daft!  Gurrr!  Should totally have reported her for treating me like I was dirt!  HELLO?  I spend a lot of money on Colgate and I recommend them too!

Electric Toothbrushes

  • Oral-B Professional Care 1000 : I lost my electric toothbrush virginity to this baby.  It was love at first brush!  It was THAT good!  In fact, it was so good that my Husband broke his electric toothbrush virginity with this baby and has never looked back!
  • Oral-B Triumph 5000* : I spoke to a few of my dentist friends about electric toothbrushes because we are so interesting that way!  Anyway, for some reason, they all raved about Oral-B Triumph 5000.  I was rather curious myself and a Toothbrush Fairy granted me one of these babies…and then I discovered why my dentist friends loved using it too.  It makes teeth SUPER squeaky clean!  There are some things I don’t like about it…so I may review in more detail in another blog post if there is demand for it.  (Let me know in the comments please)

Toothpaste

  • Colgate Total Toothpaste : Just the normal one; not the whitening.  I avoid Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste because I wake up with dog breath!
  • Darlie Original : I think it’s a Hong Kong thing.  I think it could also be racist because they call it “the black man’s toothpaste”.  Was it originally called Darkie…??  Anyway…moving on…

Points to note :-

  • * denotes that this was not purchased by me but I was given it by an Oral-B rep; but it does not affect my opinions whatsoever!  Come on!  Would I sell my soul for a toothbrush?  Like, really?!
  • These are my personal opinions and recommendations.  Do what you want but just remember to brush twice a day!
  • If you don’t know how to brush properly, please read my “How To Brush” post and “How To Floss” afterwards.
  • For electric toothbrushing, it is different to normal toothbrushing…so I will have to cover this issue in another post because I spoke to an Oral Health Educator (oh yes, I did!) and they had a few important things to say about electric toothbrushes.  In short, do not use electric toothbrushes every day.

What toothbrush and toothpaste combo do you use?  And do you have an “Ask the Dentist” question?  Go ahead.  Give me ideas on what to write!  BTW, Happy Easter peeps!!!








15 Comments on Ask the Dentist : What would you recommend for toothbrush and toothpaste?

  1. Dawn
    07/04/2012 at 3:45 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Ling,

    Love this blog of yours! :0

    Yes, Darlie was originally Darkie. I used it all the time when I was in M’sia.

    I use my electric toothbrush every day…maybe that’s why my gums are receding!!!??? :(

    Ling Reply:

    @Dawn, Aww, thanks Dawn! And I thougt so… That’s why it’s called “black man’s toothpaste” in Hong Kong!

    And yes, unfortunately, when not used properly, electric toothbrushes can cause receding gums!!! Be careful because they won’t grow back :(

  2. Ana
    07/04/2012 at 10:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Hello,

    Nice post :)

    Recently two little cracks appeared in two of my incisors (one in a central, one in a lateral), and your post made me think about the whitening toothpaste I’ve been using… may it be the cause of this?

    I’ve never had very white teeth (except for my baby teeth, but those don’t stick around long :P), they’ve always been yellowish and I have white spots in my central incisors, but in spite of that my teeth have always been strong & healthy, never had a cavity or anything. But over the last year or so the tips of my teeth started to look translucent, I went to the dentist and she said everything was fine; I was not to worry about it. However now with the little cracks and an appointment on the way at the end of the month, after reading your post I started thinking can continuous use of whitening tooth paste cause this?

    Ling Reply:

    @Ana, Hi Ana,

    Whitening toothpaste shouldn’t cause cracks…unless you’re scrubbing away!!

    And don’t worry about having yellow-ish teeth. Teeth are meant to be slightly creamy.

    Translucent edges may be due to erosion….do you drink a lot of fizzy drinks or orange juices??

    Ana Reply:

    @Ling, Hello,
    Not really, I only drink water these days. I stopped drinking fizzy stuff years ago when I had braces, and almost never have juice anymore either.

    Ling Reply:

    @Ana, Hmmm…?? Has your dentist noticed anything or give you any other advice then? Why not try a normal toothpaste and see if that helps??

    Ana Reply:

    @Ling, Nope, I didn’t had the little cracks yet last time she saw me (or if I did neither of us noticed them, which would be odd). I told her about them being more translucent and she said everything was fine… Yep,don’t think I’ll use whitening toothpaste again.
    Thanks for your reply ;)

    Ling Reply:

    @Ana, No problem! I hope your teeth get better :)

  3. Alice A
    08/04/2012 at 2:53 pm (3 years ago)

    I use a sensitive toothpaste because whenever I ate or brushed my teeth, a part of my gum would feel a brief flare of pain.

    I use a manual brush (it’s one of the 360 ones with soft bristles) and I don’t floss. .__. I do use Tooth Mousse though ever night before I put in my retainer.

    Can you please do a review on the Oral-B toothbrush too! :)

    Ling Reply:

    @Alice A, Alice, please, you have to start flossing :)))) Your gums will love you for that! Tooth Mousse is great :)

    And I shall definitely review the Oral-B toothbrush :)

  4. Peta
    15/04/2012 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

    I have a dentist question! :D

    You say that kiddie toothpaste is for kids only – but my sister is alergic to mint and these are the only ones we’ve found so far that she can use due to it’s variety of flavours. Is there an adult, non minty toothpaste she can use? :)

    Thanks Ling!

    Ling Reply:

    @Peta, Oh no! Your poor sis! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for any adult, non-minty toothpastes…but for now, if the kiddies’ toothpastes work for her, then that’s the only way I guess

  5. dom
    16/04/2012 at 12:18 am (3 years ago)

    Oh please do the comparison post between both Oral-B electric toofbrushes!! Please! :) I’d love to see which one you’d recommend and maybe I might go back to electronic toofbrushes. :D

    Ling Reply:

    @dom, Noted :)

  6. Odontologijos Klinika
    27/12/2013 at 11:24 pm (10 months ago)

    I always wonder, if electric toothbrush really helps more than simple one? What are advantages of it if compering to simple toothbrush?