How to Pick a Toothbrush

There are numerous toothbrush options available in stores and online and choosing the right one can affect oral hygiene. The number of toothbrush options may be overwhelming, but there are several criteria that can be observed to select the best option for you.

Size of Toothbrush: Some toothbrushes boast a large head (The end with the bristles) to get the most tooth coverage or a small one to get into the hard-to-reach places in the back of the mouth. Choosing the best-sized toothbrush head depends upon the size of the mouth of the person who will be using. Children do not need large toothbrush heads and may find them more difficult to use than ones created to fit their mouths. Most adults find that toothbrush heads that are one inch long and half an inch wide are the best fit for their mouth, but this isn’t the case for everyone. Trial and error is the best way to find the correct-sized toothbrush. It should be replaced in three months’ time whether it is the right fit or not.

ADA Approved: The American Dental Association (ADA) tests out different toothbrushes using their set of guidelines and those it finds to be most effective get the ADA seal of approval on their packaging. Looking for the ADA logo on a toothbrush can help to ensure that it is a quality tooth-brushing instrument. The ADA judges toothbrushes based upon effectiveness, quality of ingredients, whether packaging claims are verified and the manufacturing value. Toothbrushes that do not contain the ADA seal of approval are not necessarily worse products, they may just not have yet put in their application for review with the dental association.

Bristles: There are three different bristle consistencies that can be typically found on toothbrush packaging including soft, medium or hard. While hard bristles are good for cleaning other things like pots and pans, they are not safe for cleaning teeth and gums. Hard bristles can cause irritation and inflammation to the gums, damaging them rather than keeping up their health. Soft bristles are the best choice for gum health because they are less likely to cause irritation and still clean the surface of teeth effectively.

Electric vs. Standard: Electric toothbrushes come in battery-powered or a plug-in the wall type. Although they are often thought to be the best choice due to their higher cost and quick brushing action, the battery-powered brushes do not clean the teeth any better than a standard toothbrush. The other type of electric toothbrush have a timer and can cover more tooth surface than battery-powered brushes. People can get the same oral hygiene results as battery-powered brushes with an extended period of brushing with a regular toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can be the best choice for people with disabilities or children since they require less effort on the part of the brusher. Knowing one’s brushing habits is key in deciding whether or not an electric toothbrush will lead to longer or more frequent brushing that cannot be achieved with a standard brush.