What Is The Best Toothbrush?
Until not that long ago, you had very few options when it came to choosing a toothbrush. Today, though, the shelves are filled with different varieties, all claiming to be the best. In truth, though, there is no single best toothbrush, only the one that is best for you. Here’s what to consider:
ADA Approval: The one factor that you absolutely must look for is certification from the American Dental Association (ADA). This ensures that the toothbrush has undergone rigorous testing for effectiveness and safety.
Electric vs. Manual: Electric toothbrushes generally win out for those whose hand strength or finger dexterity is limited, as the toothbrush will do the work. They are also good for those who are not good about brushing each quadrant of the mouth for a full 30 seconds, as many electric toothbrushes will beep when it is time to change quadrants. If you have full use of your hands and arms, and use other techniques to keep up with how long you are brushing, the choice is really yours.
Bristle Softness: Although toothbrushes with medium and hard bristles are readily available, a soft-bristled brush is normally the best choice, especially for those who brush vigorously. It is possible to damage your tooth enamel and gums by brushing hard with a medium or hard-bristled toothbrush.
Size: The toothbrush head should be properly sized for your mouth, allowing you to easily access even the backs of your molars. The handle should be long and stout enough for you to hold and manipulate it comfortably.
Other Features: Some toothbrushes have angled heads, several types of bristles in different sections of the head, and other features that are purported to make toothbrushing easier. While there is nothing wrong with these features, scientific evidence for their effectiveness over a traditional brush is limited. Choose a brush that feels comfortable to you, whether or not it has fancy features.
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