Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you do every day. It helps prevent cavities, gum disease, and the embarrassment of realizing you’ve been talking to people with food in your teeth all day. But toothbrushes aren’t one-size-fits-all–they come in a lot of different varieties for a reason.
The right toothbrush gives you a cleaner mouth and is usually much more comfortable to use. Here are Dr. Eye’s tips on how to choose the best toothbrush for you.
Go For Soft Bristles
A soft-bristled toothbrush is best for removing plaque and food particles from your mouth without damaging your gums or enamel. If you have sensitive teeth or gum disease, extra soft bristles will be even gentler.
Choose the Right Size
Typically, a toothbrush with a very large head will be difficult to maneuver and won’t be able to reach every part of your mouth, in particular the backs of your molars. Smaller headed brushes work better for most people and tend to clean hard-to-reach surfaces better.
Comfort Is Key
If your toothbrush isn’t comfortable to use, you’re likely to brush your teeth less often. Choose a brush that fits your hand well and feels natural to hold. Some toothbrushes also have non-slip grips. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types until you find the one that’s best for you.
Get Age-Appropriate Brushes for Kids
Toothbrushes made for adults are far too big for a child’s mouth. For the little ones, it’s important to choose a brush that’s made for their age so that they’re comfortable to use. Plus, they come in fun colors with cartoon characters that help get kids excited about brushing.
Consider an Electric Toothbrush
An electric or battery powered toothbrush can sometimes do a better job of cleaning than a manual one, particularly if you don’t use proper brushing techniques or if you have limited mobility in your hands. Many powered toothbrushes also have built-in timers so you know you’re brushing for long enough.
Look for the ADA Seal
If a toothbrush has the ADA Seal on its packaging, you know it’s been evaluated by dental professionals and found to be safe and effective.
The Bottom Line
Even if you haven’t yet found the perfect toothbrush for you, the most important thing is that you use it. Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes, and replace your toothbrush at least once every three months. Check out our other blog post for more tips on brushing, flossing, and perfecting your oral hygiene routine.