When was the last time you perused the oral care aisle at the drugstore? It’s packed FULL of options; choosing the best toothbrush can appear to be an impossible feat. Should you select a brush with soft or hard bristles? Manual or electric? The possibilities may seem endless!
3 tips for choosing the right toothbrush
Here are our top three tips for choosing the best toothbrush:
- Look for ADA approval: One important thing to look for when selecting the best toothbrush for your needs is the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. Toothbrushes with ADA approval meet specific requirements for safety and quality.
- We’re softies for soft bristles: Soft bristles are recommended to avoid damage to your teeth and gums. Brushing too hard or using hard bristles can cause or exacerbate gum recession and could wear away your teeth’s enamel.
- Time for replacement? It’s generally recommended to replace your toothbrush every three months, or after an illness. Here’s another visual cue to look for: If your brush has started to fray, it’s time for a new one!
Which is the best toothbrush for you – manual or electric?
Ultimately, both are good options – it depends on your preference! A manual toothbrush, when used correctly, can get the job done. However, powered toothbrushes make thousands more brush strokes than you ever could manually, so many dentists recommend them for that fresh, clean feeling.
What about the rest of your family? Electric toothbrushes are a good option for all ages! Several models are designed specifically for kids, who don’t have much dexterity yet. Powered toothbrushes can be an effective option so they can reach more areas of their mouth than they could with a manual brush. Additionally, elderly family members may find an electric toothbrush easier to use, since most models have a thicker handle that’s easier to hold (especially for those with arthritis).
Conquer the toothbrush aisle once and for all!
Once you’ve selected the perfect toothbrush, remember to pick up some floss and mouthwash as well. Maintain a healthy smile with a solid brushing routine and remember to visit your dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.