Tips on Choosing a Manual Toothbrush

When considering which toothbrush to buy, much depends on an individual’s dental needs. There is also a personal preference.  The particular toothbrush design or touted benefits is often what seals the sale. Of course, a dentist may advise a patient which toothbrush best suits that client’s needs.

How to Buy a Toothbrush

While it seems like one of life’s simpler decisions, the best toothbrush to buy should receive some careful thought. Does the buyer prefer a hard, medium, or soft bristle in a manual toothbrush? Whatever the personal preference, the best type of bristle is a question to ask the dentist. Most dentists will recommend a soft bristle, as these allow for better cleaning and are safer for teeth. Size matters – a toothbrush designed for an adult is not suitable for a child. Adults should steer clear of overly large toothbrush heads, as these can make cleaning hard-to-reach areas difficult.

 

Other Toothbrush Considerations

When choosing a best toothbrush to buy, take these factors into consideration:

.   Find toothbrushes receiving the American Dental Association seal of approval.

.   Look at individual toothbrush uses besides basic brushing. For example, some toothbrushes include bristles shaped specifically for cleaning surface stains.

.   Bristles with rounded tips help protect teeth from overzealous brushing.

.   Think about the best handle design for your purposes. Some people prefer an easy-grip handle, while others like a handle with more flexibility.

 

Regular Replacement

No matter which toothbrush you choose, it is important to rinse it thoroughly after use and store it in an upright position. Figure on replacing a toothbrush every three to four months. Toothbrush design does not matter in that regard. All toothbrush bristles wear down after a few months of use. Anyone suffering from a contagious disease should replace their toothbrush once they are on the mend. Those nasty germs can linger on the brush, resulting in re-infection.

 

Recycle, Reuse Old Toothbrushes

There is no need to throw out an old toothbrush in relatively good shape but no longer suitable for brushing. There are lots of alternative toothbrush uses, such as cleaning a computer board or removing dust or grime from delicate jewelry.

 

Proper dental hygiene not only keeps your teeth in good condition, but might help prevent more serious diseases, including heart and digestive system issues. That means choosing the right toothbrush – along with proper brushing, flossing and twice-yearly dental visits – could possibly save your life.