Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth will always be a key ingredient to good oral health. It's important to brush your teeth at least twice daily to prevent cavities, gum disease, and the calcification of minerals on your teeth. Choosing a toothbrush that will thoroughly clean your teeth and put you on the path to good oral health can be confusing due to the abundant choices in the store. Below are characteristics to pay attention to when choosing your next toothbrush.

Size

Bigger is not better when it comes to toothbrushes. The size of your toothbrush should fit your mouth and be able to clean hard to reach areas easily. The typical size for an adult toothbrush is one inch tall by one-half inch wide. However, for children, the toothbrush should be smaller to clean their small teeth.

Bristle Type

When purchasing a toothbrush, you should always go with soft or medium nylon bristles. Soft bristles clean teeth effectively without causing harm to gums or other tissues. Hard bristles can break down tooth enamel and actually cause harm to oral health.

Professional Recommendation

To ensure the toothbrush you choose will adequately clean your teeth, it should be approved or recommended by a dentist. Toothbrushes will no brand name could not clean teeth thoroughly enough and lead to plaque build up or gum disease.

Electronic or Manual

Choosing between an electronic and manual toothbrush is completely up to personal needs. If you need motivation or assistance in brushing your teeth, it’s a good idea to invest in an electronic toothbrush. However, if you are regularly motivated to brush your teeth, a manual one will work just as well.

Replacement

It’s just as important to know when to replace your toothbrush, as it is to know which kind to buy. A worn out toothbrush doesn’t do its job anymore. Once you start seeing bristles fray on your toothbrush, it’s time to get a new one.

Choosing a toothbrush can be confusing because there are so many options. However, the most important characteristics of your toothbrush are that it's comfortable for you to clean with and motivates you to brush. Keeping these characteristics in mind when choosing a toothbrush will ensure you make the right choice for yourself and your health.

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