Selecting the Right Toothbrush

Sunday, December 1st, 2013, 8:04 pm

You may not realize it, but your toothbrush is one of the most important tools for your oral health.  The benefits of brushing are numerous — it helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, remove plaque and food residue from the teeth, and many more — so it’s important to buy one that will be the most effective in taking care of your smile.  With so many toothbrush options available, selecting the right one can be overwhelming.  If you’re not sure what you should be looking for in a toothbrush, follow some of these tips to help make your decision easier.

Tips for Selecting the Right Toothbrush

  1. Select a toothbrush that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA, or American Dental Association, has a number of strict guidelines in place to ensure that toothbrushes bearing their seal of acceptance are safe and effective for all users.  Some of this criteria includes ensuring that the bristles are free of jagged or sharp edges, the handle is proven to be durable, the bristles can withstand normal wear and tear, and more.  A toothbrush that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance has met all of this criteria, so this should be one of the first things you look for when selecting a new one.
  2. Powered toothbrush or manual? There are two basic types of toothbrushes available to patients — powered and manual.  While powered toothbrushes are able to achieve more brushing motions than simply brushing by hand, they are also a more expensive option.  While some studies have shown that powered brushes may be slightly more effective in reducing plaque, both options can thoroughly and effectively clean your teeth.  Select the type of brush that you will be most inclined to use twice a day, rather than what you think may be the most effective!
  3. Choose based on your individual needs. To put it simply, everyone is different.  Toothbrushes come in a number of shapes and sizes for a reason — those with big mouths may want to opt for brushes a full-sized, while children will likely need something a little smaller.  Some adults may even choose prefer smaller heads, as it makes it easier to reach teeth located in the back of the mouth.  A toothbrush is a personal item, so it’s important to select one that you will feel the most comfortable using.  If you’re using a brush that isn’t right for you, you’ll probably be less likely to brush your teeth the recommended two times a day.

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To learn more about how to take care of your teeth, contact us today to schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.

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