When you’re in need of a new toothbrush, the dizzying array of those displayed in the store can be overwhelming. And if you pay any attention at all to television commercials telling you that 3-out-of-4 dentists recommend these new angled bristles or that special contour, you’ll be even more confused when faced with all the options.
So how do you know which toothbrush is right for your teeth? Take a look at our following recommendations for what to look for in new toothbrush.
Do you like soft bristles on your toothbrush?
It’s not necessary to scrub hard when brushing. In fact, it can damage your gums, root surface, and tooth enamel. Soft bristles with rounded tips can help prevent that damage while still getting your teeth sparkly clean.
Do you want a toothbrush with a small head?
A smaller head size allows you to get in those hard-to-reach areas, such as the sides and backs of your molars. If you’re choosing a toothbrush for a child, it’s best if you choose one that’s made specifically for the smaller mouths and teeth of children.
Get a toothbrush with an expert recommendation
Look for toothbrushes that have earned the ADA seal of approval. When you see that, you know the toothbrush has undergone quality control tests to ensure that the bristles won’t fall out under typical brushing conditions, the handle will withstand normal use, and the toothbrush will do its job effectively.
Make sure your toothbrush is comfortable
Whether you choose a non-slip or flexible-neck handle, a tapered or rectangular head, or rippled or domed or flat bristles is up to you. The best toothbrush is the one that’s most comfortable and that allows you to reach all your teeth easily.
Do you want a powered or manual toothbrush?
This is up to you, too. A powered toothbrush is a great option for those with limited manual dexterity as well as those who just plain love electrical toothbrushes. Be sure to follow all of the above tips for choosing a powered toothbrush as well.
Any more questions? Just ask.
At Town Center Dentistry in San Diego, we’ve had patients express embarrassment when asking questions about which toothbrush or toothpaste to use. It was as if they thought these questions are so basic that they should just know the answers.
We promise there’s no need for embarrassment here. We know you want to make the right choices that will keep your teeth healthy. And with 400 different product commercials quoting dentist recommendations, it’s difficult to know what those right choices are.
At Town Center Dentistry, we’re here for you. Ask us anything. We’re happy to help clear up confusion and keep you in good oral health.