A toothbrush is an invention we can’t live without to maintain good oral hygiene. With so many different types to choose from how do you know which one is really best? Choosing the right toothbrush comes down to two specifics: what’s recommended, and what’s good for your own mouth.
Here are a few tips for choosing the right toothbrush:
Pick the right bristle: Soft bristles are recommended to avoid damage to your teeth and gums. Medium and hard bristles may cause more harm than good for the enamel on your teeth and may irritate your gums.
Pick the right size: The head of the toothbrush needs to be able to move easily around your mouth and reach the back molars. The general size is 1″ long and ½” wide.
Pick the right handle: The shape and design of the handle all depends on how you like to hold your toothbrush when you’re brushing. It should fit comfortably in your hand and be easy to maneuver.
Pick the right bristle shape: With so many bristle shapes, angles and colors it is hard to choose which one. Experts say to pick the one that feels best in your mouth. The bristle design will feel different to different people depending on how big their mouth is, the size of their teeth, whether they have braces, etc.
Go for the seal: It is important to look for the American Dental Association’s seal of approval when selecting the best toothbrush for your needs. It certifies that the product is safe and will hold up to regular use.
Time for replacement? It’s generally recommended to replace your toothbrush every three months, or after an illness. If your brush has started to look worn or frayed, it’s time for a new one!
In reality, almost any toothbrush you feel comfortable using works well. Maintain a healthy smile with a solid brushing routine and remember to visit your dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning!