Many people do not put much thought into picking out their toothbrush. Most just run to a CVS or Walgreens and pick out the first one they see. However, it is important to know that there are many aspects of toothbrushes that can really impact your oral health. Learn more about the characteristics of brushes that you should be buying and the ones you should be avoiding.

1. ADA Approved 

Whenever and wherever you choose to buy your toothbrush it is essential for you to pick one that is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). To make sure the toothbrush you pick is ADA approved, look for the ADA Seal of Approval on the packaging. This shows that the toothbrush had been through testing that approved its cleaning ability and safety for your teeth and gum health. If you are unsure whether your toothbrush is ADA approved or a good one to use, contact a dentist!

2. Size of Brush Head

Toothbrushes come with a wide variety of brush head sizes. The ideal size the majority of people should be buying is one inch tall by half inch wide. This size allows for all teeth to be cleaned thoroughly. Large head brushes should only be used if your dentist recommends it. Large head brushes often are too big and limit the amount of teeth you can brush. Typically with large head brushes, the molars are often missed or cleaned poorly.

3. Bristles

Toothbrushes come with three types of bristles; soft, medium and hard. Many people think that medium and hard bristles will clean their teeth better but this is actually not true. Not only do these types of bristles not clean your teeth better but they can also harm your tooth health over time. Medium and hard bristles can wear down tooth enamel and damage your gums. The best bristle option is soft because it will clean your teeth and not damage your oral health.

4. Electric or Manual

Many people have trouble deciding whether it is worth it to buy an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are beneficial because they help users brush their teeth for the full 2 minutes and brush thoroughly. While electric toothbrushes are good for maintaining proper brushing techniques, it is not essential for good oral health.

Next time you pick out your toothbrush keep these 4 tips in mind to be sure that you are cleaning your teeth properly and not damaging your tooth and gum health. Remember you should be changing your toothbrush every three months, after you have been sick or if the brush is showing any signs of wear and tear!

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