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How to Buy the Right ToothBrush

Apr 28, 2021

How to Buy the Right ToothBrush

Apr 28, 2021
How to Buy the Right ToothBrush

How To Buy The Best Toothbrush

It’s a simple mission we all have: Brush our teeth for two minutes, twice a day. But with a crowded toothbrush aisle these days, it can be an overwhelming task to know exactly which one to buy. Selecting the right toothbrush can be the difference between mission accomplished and mission failure.

How to buy the best toothbrush for you comes down to selecting manual or electric, soft or medium bristles, and looking for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Not everyone needs to use an electric toothbrush and often times softer is better when it comes to keeping your teeth plaque-free. It all comes down to your brushing style.
How To Decide Between a Manual or Electric Toothbrush
Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing is important because it prevents bacteria from forming plaque on your teeth, which then leads to issues like cavities and gum disease.

Overall, you can keep your mouth healthy with either a manual or electric toothbrush. However, dentists may recommend an electric toothbrush for a few reasons:

• Limited dexterity: If you have trouble holding a toothbrush and reaching all of your teeth.
• Tracking time: You don’t always reach that two-minute mark, so many electric models come with a timer.
• Too harsh: Many people brush their teeth too hard with a manual brush, so an electric one can help you ease up on your pearly whites.

Electric toothbrushes vary in price, from $9 to $250 or more. But more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better quality. According to Consumer Reports, their testers liked Oral-B and Philips Sonicare the best.

No matter what you choose, as long as you brush and floss daily and don’t apply too much pressure, you’ll be well on your way to a healthy smile.
Why Bristles Matter
As we mentioned before, many people brush their teeth too hard. Brushing too hard can actually cause more harm than good, like wearing down your enamel. The truth is you actually don’t need to apply that much pressure!

When it comes to selecting between soft or medium bristles, always opt for soft unless your dentist instructs you otherwise. Soft bristles are more flexible, kinder to your teeth, and get the job done.

What the ADA Seal of Acceptance Means
Selecting a toothbrush with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance is important for a few reasons.

First, the ADA is a group of independent experts that have high safety and quality standards for dental products. Companies submit their products for ADA approval and must meet several criteria in order to receive the seal of acceptance.

ADA standards actually go beyond what is required of government regulations, so when your toothbrush has the ADA Seal of Acceptance that means that toothbrush meets the highest standards possible.

Companies are not required to submit toothbrushes or other oral hygiene products for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. But buying a toothbrush with the ADA seal provides peace of mind that it’s both safe and effective to use. Here are both manual and electric toothbrushes approved by the ADA.
When to Replace a Toothbrush
Not only is buying the best toothbrush important, but you also need to know when it’s time to chuck it in the trash and buy a new one.

It’s time to buy a new toothbrush or replace a toothbrush head when:

• You start to notice wear-and-tear on the bristles
• You recovered from a cold or flu
• You’ve had the toothbrush or head for three-four months

Over time, the bristles lose their shape and so, their ability to keep your teeth clean. Additionally, germs collect in your toothbrush bristles, especially when you’re sick. Those germs could lead to an infection or perhaps getting others in your home sick if you share a toothpaste tube.

When the bristles stop bouncing back to their initial shape, it’s time for a switch! And thanks to technology, you can place a reminder on your calendar when it’s time to inspect and replace. If you’re not sure which toothbrush is the right one for you, give Dr. Desai a call or visit our website