How to Pick the Right Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are sold in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. They come in both manual and battery-powered versions. With all these available options, it's easy to get confused.

Tips for Choosing a Toothbrush that is Right for You

Ask your dentist about which type of toothbrush is best for you. The size and shape of the toothbrush should allow you to reach all areas of your mouth. Additionally, consider the following when selecting your toothbrush:

  • The handle should fit in your hand comfortably. It shouldn't be too wide or too narrow. Pick a toothbrush will a durable handle that provides a secure grip.
  • Although it may seem that a toothbrush with firm or medium-strength bristles will clean better, most dentists recommend a soft-bristled brush. Firm bristled brushes can wear away the tooth enamel and damage the gums, causing the gum line to recede. A soft-bristled toothbrush is the best choice to remove plaque and food particles from your teeth and near the gum line while keeping your gums and enamel safe from damage.
  • Choose a toothbrush that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This means the product has been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

Should I Use a Powered or Manual Toothbrush?

Both a powered or manual toothbrush will thoroughly clean your teeth. Some powered toothbrushes may remove more plaque compared to a manual version. If you have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, a battery-powered version may be a good choice. Kids often enjoy using a powered toothbrush.

The best toothbrush for you is one that fits your mouth and helps you easily reach every tooth.

Whatever type of toothbrush you choose, pick one that is easy to use so you will be encouraged to brush twice a day.

When Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

It's a good idea to replace your toothbrush:

  • Every three months.
  • When the bristles start to show signs of wear. A worn toothbrush can damage gum tissue.
  • Immediately after you've been ill. The bristles can hold germs that can lead to reinfection. Or, disinfect your toothbrush by stirring 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1 cup of water. Swish the bristles in the solution before brushing.
  • Replace your toothbrush if the bristles have sharp or jagged edges. They can damage gum tissue.

Whatever toothbrush you choose, remember to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste. Don't forget to floss! Your mouth will thank you.

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