how to choose the right toothbrushWhy is a toothbrush so important? The importance of excellent oral hygiene cannot be stressed enough. Not only will good oral hygiene help ensure dental health, but it will also help ensure your well-being overall. Gum disease increases the likelihood that an individual will develop diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health conditions.

Ever since you were young, chances are you were taught that using a toothbrush to clean your teeth and gums twice a day is the best way to ensure oral health. However, you may be wondering which type of toothbrush is ideal for dental hygiene.

When the modern toothbrush was first invented, there weren’t many options to choose from. However, today, there are hundreds of options on the market. Almost every store that sells products for oral hygiene will have a vast and extensive collection of toothbrushes. Usually, a store will have both powered and manual varieties.

How to Choose the Right Toothbrush

Whether you want a powered or manual toothbrush, there are a few characteristics that you should try to look out for when choosing one to buy.

Size

The size of your toothbrush’s head should depend on the size of your mouth and what you find most comfortable. You should choose one that will allow you to access all your teeth’s surfaces easily. A head that is one-inch or a half-inch wide is ideal for most adults. However, there are larger ones on the market. These toothbrushes may be difficult to maneuver to clean surfaces like the backs and sides of your molars, which are notoriously hard-to-reach surfaces.

The handle of the toothbrush should be long enough so that you can hold it comfortably in your hand.

Bristle Variety

Drug stores sell toothbrushes and replacement heads with hard, medium, and soft nylon bristles. Most people prefer to use soft-bristled toothbrushes. In general, toothbrushes with soft bristles are the safest and most comfortable choice.

The bristle variety you choose should depend on the strength of your teeth and how much force you use when brushing. If you use a lot of force or if you have weak teeth, toothbrushes with medium and hard bristles can damage the tooth enamel, your gums, and even the root surfaces. Try to buy toothbrushes with bristles that have rounded tips for more tooth protection.

Expert Recommendation

One way that you can choose the best one for your needs is by asking for a recommendation from your dentist. Your dentist will be able to recommend one that has been tested rigorously for safety and cleaning effectiveness. You can also look for powered or manual toothbrushes that have earned the Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association.

If you decide to get a powered or electric toothbrush, you should look for a toothbrush that will be prove to be durable even with regular use. You also want to ensure that the toothbrush is effective enough to reduce build-up of plaque. In order to get the Seal of Approval, powered or electric toothbrushes need to go through clinical trials and safety testing at independent labs to prove that the toothbrush is effective and safe to use on the tissues of the teeth and mouth.

Undoubtedly, choosing the right toothbrush can be an difficult task. For more information about how to choose the best toothbrush for your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Dr. Keith Schwartz Dentistry and visit our office!