How to Choose a Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are not created equal, that’s why consideration should be taken when choosing one, either for you or for a family member, such as a child. Here are three toothbrush tips to think about before your next toothbrush purchase.

Soft, medium, or hard? Have you ever bought a toothbrush that was too soft, to the point that it felt as if your teeth were not getting clean? Or have you ever bought a toothbrush that was too hard, to the point that the bristles hurt your gums? One way to avoid buying a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard, look for a toothbrush that has ‘ADA (American Dental Association)’ printed on the package—this means it’s soft enough to protect the enamel and hard enough to remove plaque.

Power toothbrush. Whether you want an oscillating toothbrush or a polishing toothbrush, power toothbrushes are becoming more and more popular. One thing to consider before buying a power toothbrush is that many have smaller brush heads, although some people prefer the smaller brush head so they can focus on cleaning one tooth at a time.

Comfort. A good toothbrush, when held, should feel as comfortable as holding an eating utensil, such as a spoon or fork. And if your toothbrush head is too big to the point that it does not easily fit insideyour mouth, you may not be able to brush and clean your teeth properly. Keep this information in mind when buying a toothbrush for a child.

The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. As toothbrush bristles become worn from use their cleaning effectiveness is minimized.