Make Sure You Don't Buy A Toothbrush That Sucks

Although the most important part of everyday dental health is brushing properly, you can't do that without a good toothbrush. Insurance company Delta Dental outlines the most important things to consider when choosing your brush so your daily cleanings are most effective. Here are the most important guidelines to follow:

  • Get a brush with soft bristles. Hard bristles can damage your gums and push back the gum line, making you more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks.
  • When deciding between a powered and non-powered toothbrush, choose the one that will motivate you to brush properly. Neither type is better at cleaning your teeth, but most people prefer electric brushes because it allows them to be lazier and still get the job done effectively. (I am one of those people.)
  • Get a toothbrush with a head about one-inch (2.5cm) long and half an inch (1cm) wide. Larger brushes can be ineffective. So long as the brush can clean between one and two teeth at a time, you're good to go.

Also, make sure you replace any brush as soon as the bristles start to fray. No matter how good that toothbrush was when you bought it, as soon as it starts to wear down it stops doing its job effectively.

Photo by Marc Samsom.

How to select a toothbrush [Delta Dental via the Consumerist]


Comments

    I found the brush that comes with the White-Glo toothpaste to be totally awesome. The brush density in the middle of the head is much higher than normal brushes...or any other brush I've used or seen. Give it a go. I find that by the time I need to get new toothpaste I need a new brush anyway so it's a good package.

    A Rotation Oscillation electric toothbrush has been shown to give a statistically significant advantage over proper manually brushing.
    http://www.jodjournal.com/article/S0300-5712(03)00211-2/abstract
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD002281.pub2/abstract;jsessionid=09144AE3124A47E628612CE988F62601.d02t02

    I also find they are easier to use; no technique required really, plus handy timers. They are more expensive though, I admit; but not really by too much, once you buy in, it's just like buying one of the more expensive manual toothbrushes over the no-name ones.

      Yeah, statistically they do a better brush. But they still require you to do a proper technique.
      There is a technique you need to learn to use them effectively - just the same as a normal tooth brush. If you don't use the proper technique on either you're going to do a bad job.
      The OP said one is no better than the other because if you are going to learn a technique it doesnt matter what technique you learn - you still have to do that technique well in order to brush well.

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