As a full-service provider of general dentistry and dental implants in Philadelphia, there is one question that we get asked every day — what is the best toothbrush? And it’s a good one, considering the overwhelming number of choices out there. Here are some expert tips for choosing the right toothbrush.
Power vs. Manual
The American Dental Association (ADA) says power and manual toothbrushes are both effective at removing plaque. However, a powered toothbrush is definitely a better choice for anyone who could use some extra help brushing. If you have arthritis or a disability, or wear a dental appliance such as braces, a powered toothbrush could be easier to use. Kids also find them a lot more fun.
Soft or Hard
Extra soft, soft, medium, hard, or firm? As a general rule, we recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles. It’s the safest and most comfortable choice. Did you know bristles that are too hard may actually do you harm? Depending on how vigorously you brush, medium- and hard-bristled toothbrushes can damage gums, root surfaces, and protective enamel leading to painful sensitivity.
Size and Shape
Some toothbrushes are just going to fit some mouths better than others. The most important thing is to find a brush head that’s small enough to easily maneuver to all the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, including the sides and backs of your molars. For most adults, that’s a toothbrush that covers only one to two teeth at a time (about 1/2″ wide and 1″ tall). Kids need even smaller heads designed for baby teeth.
ADA Seal of Approval
The ADA Seal can only be displayed on toothbrushes that safely and effectively reduce plaque and gingivitis. Believe it or not, there are plenty of toothbrushes on the market that don’t earn the ADA Seal. The ones that do have demonstrated durability — the handles don’t break, the bristles don’t fall out, and all toothbrush components are completely safe for use in your mouth.
So while a five-pack of toothbrushes from the super-duper discount store may seem like a deal, the best toothbrush for you is one that’s proven to be safe, soft, effective, and comfortable. Need more help? Just ask one of the knowledgeable providers at Center City Emergency Dentist, your #1 choice for Philadelphia implant dentistry and 24-hour dental care.