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3 Things to Look for in Your Next Toothbrush

Whether you are seeking a manual or powered (electric) toothbrush, the most important aspect to pay attention to is the head and bristles of the toothbrush. Additionally, a toothbrush bearing the seal of the American Dental Association (ADA) is approved as being safe and effective, so it is recommended that you watch for that seal. There are three other specific factors you should look for, as well:

The softest bristles possible – bristles that are too firm (especially when used by someone who brushes aggressively) can cause wear on the teeth and irritation to the gums. Nice and gentle does the job!

A brush head size that is not too big, allowing for easy access to back teeth and inside surfaces. Adults really don’t need a brush head that is much longer than an inch.

A handle that is comfortable to hold and maneuver for the most thorough cleaning ability. Individuals with arthritis or other condition affecting their motor skills may feel better using a brush with a wider handle.

The right kind of toothbrush matters more than you may realize. If the head of the toothbrush is not the right size, or if the bristles are old and splayed, then you could be missing spots while you brush. If these spots are missed time and again, then the plaque buildup will start to cause problems for the teeth and gums.

In the end, the best toothbrush is the one you will use! Shop around and experiment, and ask your dentist for suggestions on selecting a toothbrush that will best suit your needs. Happy brushing!

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