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How to Choose a Toothbrush

Woman buys a toothbrush

Shopping for a toothbrush can be quite a daunting task. With so many options out there, how do you choose the right toothbrush? Do you need a special toothbrush to fit the size of your mouth? What about the bristles? Do you need an electric brush? Is a basic toothbrush enough? It’s not as complicated as you might think. Here are some helpful hints that will assist you in choosing exactly the right tool.

Choosing the Right Size

Most adults require a toothbrush that is ½ inch wide and 1 inch long. The size of the head of the toothbrush is important. The length of the handle of the toothbrush is also an important feature to consider, simply for your own comfort. Handles come in different lengths, but they also come in different styles. Choose what is most comfortable for you to use. If you purchase a brush that is bigger than this, you may have issues reaching the back molars. This can mean that leftover food and debris aren’t properly removed. So first and foremost, choose a smallish toothbrush.

Choosing the Right Bristle Type

When it comes to toothbrush bristles, you’ll usually have three options to choose from – soft, medium, or hard. However, most dentists suggest using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Soft bristles are great at removing food particles and debris and are less likely to cause damage to your gums compared to brushes with harder bristles.

Bristles also come in rounded or straight. Rounded bristles are much safer than straight bristles, as they will do much less damage to your gums.

Choosing Between Manual and Electric

Electric toothbrushes are a wonderful invention that can be very effective for people who have limited flexibility or dexterity in their hands. Electric toothbrushes can also be very useful for people who are constantly on the go. But this category is a very personal choice. Some people simply prefer the basic style of a manual brush. Both styles are very effective if they are used correctly.

*On this topic: If you do decide to go with an electric toothbrush, dentists recommend a toothbrush with a replaceable head. This enables you to replace the head without having to buy a whole new toothbrush.

ADA Seal of Acceptance

Make sure you buy a toothbrush that is stamped with that ADA acceptance symbol. Without this important seal, you will not have a guarantee that it has been tested for safety and effectiveness. It’s the best way to know you are making a good purchase.

Ultimately, the purchase of a toothbrush is a personal decision. The most important thing to remember is to brush and floss every day and to take your time on each tooth. This is the best way to prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. By choosing a brush that is easy and fun to use, it is much more likely that you will keep up your good habits.

At Beyond Dentistry Laser Center, we don’t just do dentistry, we change lives. Whether you’re choosing a toothbrush, getting a cavity filled, or just looking to get some insight into what is best for your teeth, we are the dental office for you. Serving the Brooklyn area and beyond, our patients come from all over the country to receive services such as surgery, implants (in one hour), teeth whitening, veneers, and more. For more information, visit our website or just give us a call at (718) 436-0202.