How to Choose the Right toothbrush?

1 Jul

How to Choose the Right toothbrush?

How to Choose the Right toothbrush?

You can't overestimate the importance of good oral hygiene -- not only for dental health, but for your overall well being. In fact, gum disease is a major risk factor for the development of serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.

From the time we're young, we're taught that using a toothbrush regularly is one of the best ways to keep our teeth and gums healthy. But which toothbrush is best?

It’s always best to buy a toothbrush that’s been approved by the ADA. This certifies that your toothbrush has gone through strict testing to ensure that it provides the best cleaning and safety for your mouth. Ask your dentist if you’re not sure which brush to choose. You can also look for one with the ADA Seal of Approval the next time you’re shopping for a new toothbrush.

This is true whether you’re buying a manual or an electric toothbrush. For manual toothbrushes, the ADA Seal of Approval means that the:

  • Bristles have safe tips
  • Handle is sturdy enough for recommended daily use
  • Bristles won’t fall out if you brush as frequently as recommended
  • Brush reduces the accumulation of plaque and gum disease in their early stages

The ADA Seal of Approval guarantees the same thing for electric toothbrushes. On top of that, it guarantees the disposable brush heads have gone through exhaustive safety tests and clinical trials. This is to show that the brush is safe enough for teeth, mouth tissue, and dental hardware such as braces.

The 5 top things to consider when buying a toothbrush:

  • Decide on Manual or Electric/Battery-Powered Toothbrush: It doesn't matter as long as you spend two minutes each time you brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
  • Select the Best Type of Bristles: Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled toothbrush is best for teeth, especially for removing plaque and debris.A soft toothbrush should do the job when brushing your teeth thoroughly for two minutes.Medium and stiff bristles might be too hard on gums and enamel. Unless your dentist recommends brushing with a medium or hard toothbrush, stick with the soft brush.
  • Choose the Size of Toothbrush Head: Small-headed brushes can better reach all areas of the mouth – including hard-to-reach back teeth.You might also check with your dentist to determine if you need any particular toothbrush on which the bristles are patterned or tapered on the head.
  • Pick Out a Brush Handle That's Best for You: Depending on your situation, you might require an angled, non-slip grip or flexible-neck handle.

Practicing good oral hygiene at home with the proper toothbrush is an important way to ensure your dental and overall health for years to come. Another important practice is a semi-annual teeth cleaning. Make sure you’re discussing your oral hygiene practices with your dental care team on a regular basis, including which toothbrush is best for your dental health. 

Alexanderia Center of Dentistry  is here to help with all your dental care needs. Give us a call us today at (703) 719-9305 or you can schedule an appointment online.