The most important factor in choosing a toothbrush is getting one you will use twice a day! Bristles should always be soft and vary in length. Medium and hard bristles can damage gum tissues and root surfaces. When in doubt, look for the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval on dental products, this ensures the product meets sanitation and quality control standards.
Toothbrushes should be changed every 2-3 months. With use, bristles wear out and lose their effectiveness and collect bacteria. Toothbrushes should also be discarded after being sick to prevent re-infection.
Electric or manual? We are believers in electric toothbrushes for excellent oral hygiene. Specifically, we love the Sonicare line. The movement of the bristles help disrupt bacteria on the teeth and stimulate blood circulation in gums, making them more resilient. Additionally, the 30 timing feature helps to make sure all areas of the mouth are cleaned equally and diligently. Finally, the pressure sensors help ensure that the correct pressure is used when brushing. It’s common to brush too hard and too long in some areas, which can cause gum recession and bone loss.
Sum it up: choose a toothbrush with a distinct and fun color, ADA certified, soft bristles and a handle large enough to hold comfortably – and change every 3 months! PSA: avoid the Crest Spin Brush, it is not effective and can chip teeth.