Your local supermarket or pharmacy has an entire aisle filled with toothbrush options. There are even plenty of options to buy a toothbrush online. Bristles, soft, hard, organic, nylon, handles, sensors, timers, electronic, manual, oh my! Some toothbrushes claim to help make your teeth whiter or your breath better. The choice can get a little overwhelming. The right toothbrush can make a difference in your oral hygiene: the more you like your toothbrush, the more likely you will brush frequently. Your dentist can help you make the best decision based on your specific needs, but this guide will help inform you on some toothbrush basics.

Bristle Basics

We find ourselves in a Goldilocks situation searching out “just right” when choosing between soft, hard, and medium-labeled bristles. While we want a toothbrush that is hard enough to remove build-up from our teeth, we do not want a brush too hard on our gums. A soft-labeled toothbrush is the best way to go unless your dentist specifically recommends otherwise. Natural bristles made out of organic materials have become increasingly popular. Many of these types of toothbrushes have not been extensively studied, and until then, the ADA recommends nylon bristles. Look for toothbrushes with the ADA Seal of Approval.

Heads and Handles

The toothbrush head can come in a variety of sizes. If you have a large or average mouth, you may like a full-sized toothbrush head, and if you have a smaller mouth, you may do best with a smaller sized toothbrush head. Some adults choose to brush with a child’s toothbrush because they feel like they can better maneuver in their own mouth. Non-slip handles are the best choice for better maneuverability.  

Power Prerogative

Studies show that manual toothbrushes can be as effective as electric ones, which makes the decision one of personal preference. Electric toothbrushes can range in price from $5 to $200. Those that operate with battery power tend to be lower in price, but they should be replaced as frequently as a manual toothbrush. More expensive electric toothbrushes may give you the option of changing just the brush heads. Some electric toothbrushes include a timer. Since it is important to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, a timer could help you reach that goal.

Your dentist can help you decide on the best toothbrush for you!

Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris of Mansfield Dental Associates can assess your oral health and guide you to decisions that fit your personal needs. Schedule a consultation by calling 817-473-6227. Located in Mansfield, TX, we also welcome patients and families from all surrounding communities including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.