How to Choose a Toothbrush
Best toothbrush for teeth
What to Look for in a Toothbrush
- For most adults, the head of the toothbrush should be 1/2-inch wide, 1 inch tall, and have a long enough handle to hold comfortably while brushing your teeth. Anything bigger can be difficult to reach your molars and anything smaller may not clean your teeth as effectively.
- Toothbrushes come in three different bristle varieties: soft, medium, and hard. Soft, nylon bristles are the best and safest choice. Medium and hard bristles can actually cause more harm than good! These stiffer bristles can cause damage to your gums and enamel depending on how hard you are brushing your teeth.
- Bristles also come either rounded or straight. Rounded bristles are safer as they do not have sharp edges that can cause damage to gums.
Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes
The age-old question: should I use a manual or electric toothbrush? There are many pros and cons to each. If you have limited manual dexterity (often seen in people with disabilities or with arthritis), electric toothbrushes can be helpful to remove plaque on your teeth. Many come with timers to ensure you are getting your full two minutes of brushing. Some electric toothbrushes also come with sensors to let you know if you are brushing your teeth too hard and damaging your enamel.
If you are still unsure about the best toothbrush for teeth, ask your dentist. They will be able to help guide you to the best choice for your oral health.