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How to Choose a Toothbrush

The task of choosing a toothbrush can seem daunting when you are faced with a sea of options. These tips will make it easy to pick a toothbrush.

What to Look For in a Toothbrush

  1. For adults, the toothbrush’s head should be at least 1/2-inch in width, 1in tall, and the handle should be long enough to allow you to brush comfortably. Anything bigger can be difficult to reach your molars and anything smaller may not clean your teeth as effectively.
  2. There are three types of toothbrush bristles: medium, hard, and soft. The best and most safest option is to use nylon bristles. Hard bristles, which can be medium or hard, can cause more damage than good. These stiffer bristles can cause gum disease. enamel—especially depending on how hard you are brushingTake care of your teeth.
  3. You can choose to have your bristles rounded or straight. Round bristles are safer because they don’t have sharp edges which can damage gums. This increases your chance of infection and inflammation.

Toothbrushes: Electric or manual

The age-old question of “Should I Use a?” manual or electric toothbrush? Each one has its own pros and cons. An electric toothbrush can be a good option for you if you lack manual dexterity, which is often seen in those with arthritis and people with disabilities. Many electric toothbrushes come with timers so that you get the full two minutes of brushing. Some electric toothbrushes come with sensors to alert you if you brush too hard and damage your enamel.

Still unsure?

It is a good rule of thumb to only buy toothbrushes that have the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval. Ask your dentist if you’re still not sure which toothbrush is right for you. Your dentist will be able guide you in the right direction for your oral health.

 

How to Choose a Toothbrush

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