Choosing The Best Toothbrush

Choosing The Best Toothbrush

Posted by Paige Lester on Sep 23 2020, 04:26 AM

Toothbrushes are an inextricable part of oral health care. The toothbrush that you buy should be chosen carefully, as it will help to keep your teeth clean.

The importance of brushing your teeth

There are a variety of toothbrushes on the market, but not all of them are created equally. Your toothbrush needs to meet a few specific criteria in order to be effective. When selecting the right toothbrush for you, consider the following points:

  • Bristles – Look for toothbrushes with slightly angled bristles that touch from base to tip. This shape helps the brush reach the crevices of your mouth and in between teeth more effectively.
  • Comfort – When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If it has been a while or you just started flossing again, consider switching out your old toothbrush for one that is more supportive and comfortable to use. Soft-bristled brushes are the best choice if you have a sensitive mouth.
  • Size – Most people need a toothbrush head that is about an inch wide and tall. If you have a larger mouth, consider a toothbrush with a larger handle for easier maneuvering between teeth and around the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Children’s toothbrushes come in fun and colorful shapes and sizes to make it easier for them to keep the habit up as they get older.

Choosing a standard toothbrush over a powered one

If you’re trying to maintain good oral health, it’s important to choose the right type of toothbrush. A standard bristle toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque and food debris from your teeth than a powered one. Powered toothbrushes may also be effective at removing plaque and debris if used correctly and for the proper amount of time.

Learning the proper way to brush your teeth

Toothbrushes have bristled with tapered tips to clean between the teeth and gums. Because the bristles are soft, you can brush gently along the gum line without causing damage. Some toothbrushes have a curved head that allows you to clean hard-to-reach areas. Other brushes have a tongue cleaner on the back to remove bacteria from the tongue.

Electric toothbrushes offer added benefits over manual ones. They can remove plaque as well as help whiten teeth. If used correctly, an electric toothbrush can help you keep your teeth free of cavities and gum disease. 

When choosing the best toothbrush for you, look for one that has the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. This means that the product has been evaluated for effectiveness in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. The seal is only given to products that meet the standards for safety and effectiveness. You’ll want to choose a soft-bristled brush with a head small enough to reach all surfaces of your teeth. In addition, choose a brush that feels good when you hold it in your hand. You don’t want to deal with a toothbrush that is uncomfortable to hold or causes pain as you brush. Consider opting for an electric toothbrush if you have trouble thoroughly brushing your teeth. Talk to your dentist about the best oral care routine for your needs. Your dentist can determine whether you have any issues with your teeth and gums that need addressing.

To learn more tips for purchasing your toothbrush, call us or schedule an appointment online.

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