What to Look for When Purchasing a Toothbrush

Multiple toothbrushes in a glass cup

People ask us all the time what to look for when purchasing a toothbrush. There are a hundreds of types of toothbrushes on the market that come in all types of shapes and sizes. Here are some tips for what to look for when purchasing a new toothbrush

1) Size –It is important to find a toothbrush that will work with the size of your mouth. For individuals with smaller mouths that cannot open very wide, it is important to avoid large toothbrushes as it may be difficult to angle the toothbrush properly to reach difficult areas, especially the back teeth.
2) Buy a soft-bristle toothbrush – The bristles on your toothbrush can be either soft, medium, or hard. It is recommended to purchase a soft bristle toothbrush because they are gentle on your gums and will still keep your teeth clean. Medium and hard bristle toothbrushes can damage the gums, causing them to bleed.
3) ADA recommended – Make sure that the packaging on the toothbrush states that it has been recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA).
4) Make sure the handle is comfortable – Toothbrush handles come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure you find one that is comfortable for you to use and allows you to reach all of your teeth.

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