How does one pick the right toothbrush? There are so many choices – electric or manual, hard bristle or soft bristle, pink or blue, SpongeBob or The Avengers? It can get a little overwhelming at times. With these tips, we can hopefully take out some of the guesswork and get you the toothbrush you need for a pristine smile!
The first thing you want to consider is the size of the toothbrush. You’ll want to select a toothbrush that will allow you to easily access all tooth surfaces in your mouth. For adults, this means a toothbrush that has a head that’s half an inch wide and one inch tall with a handle that’s sufficiently long to reach the back of your mouth. Toothbrushes with larger heads may be more difficult to maneuver and may not be able to access the molars in the back corners of your mouth.
Most toothbrushes have bristles that come in one of three varieties – soft, medium, or hard. Most dentists will recommend that you use a toothbrush with soft bristles as they are comfortable and the least likely to cause damage to your teeth. Medium and hard bristle brushes should only be used by recommendation from your dentist to avoid any damage to your gums or tooth enamel. You may also want to look for bristles that are rounded to further prevent tooth damage.
Make sure to pick a brush that has been certified by the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA seal certifies that the toothbrush meets strict standards for cleaning effectiveness, quality control, and safety. Your dentist should be able to help if you’re having a hard time locating the ADA seal.
Electric or Manual
While the most important factor in picking a toothbrush is how convenient and comfortable it is for you, there are several benefits to an electric toothbrush. First, many electric toothbrushes have a timer built in that will let you know when you have brushed your teeth for a sufficient amount of time (usually about two minutes). This can ensure that you are adequately cleaning your teeth. Another benefit is that you can get your teeth clean without having to brush too vigorously, helping to minimize the risk of damaging your teeth or gums.
If you have any questions, please let us help! Teeth are our business =D