How do I choose the right toothbrush?
There are dozens of toothbrushes to choose from in stores these days. So how do you know which one is right for you? Here are some steps to help you choose the best type of toothbrush for your oral care needs.
Step One – Decide on Manual or Electric: As long as you brush for two minutes twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, it doesn’t matter which one you choose. However, you might be better off with a powered toothbrush if you:
- Have limited manual dexterity
- Tend to brush too vigorously
- Need help ensuring you brush for the proper amount of time
- Get advice from your dentist to do a better job of cleaning your teeth.
Many powered toothbrushes alert you when you’ve brushed for two minutes.
Step Two – Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance: It’s always best to use a toothbrush backed by the American Dental Association. The standards ADA-approved toothbrushes meet often go beyond what government regulations require.
Step Three – Select the Best Type of Bristles: Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled toothbrush is best for teeth, especially for removing plaque and debris. Depending on how vigorously you brush your teeth and the strength of your teeth, medium and hard-bristled brushes could actually damage the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel.
Step Four – Choose the Size of Toothbrush Head: Small-headed brushes can better reach all areas of the mouth – including hard-to-reach back teeth. For most adults, a toothbrush head a half-inch wide and one-inch tall will be the easiest to use and the most effective. You might also check with your dentist to determine if you need any particular toothbrush.
Step Five – Pick Out a Brush Handle That’s Best for You: Depending on your situation, you might require a non-slip grip or flexible-neck handle.
Step Six – Opt for Your Favorite Color Toothbrush: This is the fun part. Once you narrow down your choices pick your favorite color!
Taking it step-by-step, choosing the most effective and most comfortable toothbrush should be a breeze. Unless you select a powered brush, the manual toothbrush you use will most likely be an ADA-approved small-headed, soft-bristled brush with a proper grip in your favorite color.
Contact us at Fox Dental for any questions on toothbrushes or to make an appointment!