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Your tooth brush is your machinegun, and your floss the pistol, against tooth decay. Choose them carefully, and use them regularly. Here are some tips for you on how to choose a good tooth brush. Ultimately, you will the brush which your hand, your mouth, and your eyes like. However, it should be functional, esthetic, and cost effective.

Size and shapeof the head. The head should be of the proper size, and rounded, so that it can:

  • Enter most areas of your teeth- inside and outside.
  • Hold sufficient number of bristles on it.

Although it depends on the size of your mouth, for adults a head size about one inch long and half inch wide is normally sufficient and suitable. Larger heads made not reach all areas on teeth because of size limitations of the alveolar canal. Shorter heads will carry fewer bristles.

Bristles- A variety of bristle types and shapes is available. Out of soft, medium, and hard bristles, medium is generally recommended by specialists because it can clean comfortably close to the gum line. Hard bristles may be used occasionally to remove stubborn plaque.

Size and shape of the handle

Handles can be long and short, straight or curved, smooth or wavy, hard or flexible. Ultimately, if your hand likes the grip, and it gives a convenient brushing stroke, that is the style for you.

Expert recommendation– Tooth brushes having a seal of approval of the American Dental Association (ADA) will have been tested for quality and safety. Alternatively, your dentist can recommend to you a suitable tooth brush.

Toothbrushes: Disposable or Electric?

The trend towards powered tooth brushes is increasing. There is some evidence that some people achieve better cleaning with powered brushes than with manual ones. Handicapped people, and may be children have an advantage in electric brushes over manual ones, but in most cases, as long as you brush and floss your teeth regularly with the correct technique, either type should be suitable. Manual tooth brushes are disposable. Electric tooth brushes last longer, but the heads have to be replaced frequently.

Cost- Cost should be a criterion when choosing between two or more equally functional brushes, e.g., two electric brushes offering the same quality. In the case of manual tooth brushes cost will generally not matter much.


There is some evidence that electric tooth brushes, especially those with computer controlled brushing cycles, are more effective at removing plaque. This will be more applicable for people with some handicaps. .

Safety- Normally all toothbrushes with an ADA Seal of Approval should have been tested for safety. However, safety can also depend on the individual habits. For example, if you brush too vigorously, it may be safer for you to get a soft brush.

Toothbrush for Children

Children like bright decorated brushes. That is all right, as long as the brush fits their mouth, has bristles with rounded tips, and has a non-slip handle of the right size. ADA approval will be a further insurance.

Personal likes and dislikes- Ultimately, it is you who is going to use the brush. \your likes and dislikes also matter. Some people may not like the vibration produced by an electric brush. Others may not like the physical movement needed with the manual brush. Within the parameters discussed above you should choose one which you love to use.