Buying the right toothbrush can be a daunting task, especially since the market is saturated with a multitude of products and brands. When looking to buy a new toothbrush, most individuals compare by price. While price is a factor that should be taken into consideration, there are also 4 other characteristics to look for, which we’ve listed below:
- Bristles: The American Dental Association recommends using softer bristles as opposed to harder ones. Harder bristles pose the risk of irritating your gums whereas softer ones are gentler and more effective at removing plaque. Additionally, these soft bristles should also be able to withstand the test of time. (Because no one wants their bristles to fall out from regular brushing!)
- Price: The cheaper the toothbrush (or one with no brand name), the less likely it is to be ADA approved. Look for toothbrushes that have an ADA seal to ensure that it’s safe and compliant!
- Handle: This boils down to individual’s personal preference. Some brush handles are more flexible than others whereas other ones have a no-slip grip. An individual should chose the option that provides them with the most comfort and ease possible.
- Brush head: Most think bigger is better with a toothbrush. It’s actually not the case! The opposite is true: The smaller the head, the better. With a smaller brush head, it better allows you maneuver those hard to reach teeth and gums.
- Comfort: When it comes right down to purchasing your toothbrush, Colgate-Palmolive recommends revisiting these 3 characteristics: “…the type of handle (such as non-slip grip or flexible neck), the shape of the head (tapered or rectangular) and style of bristles (such as rippled, flat, or trimmed to a dome shape), pick whatever is most comfortable for you” (“Colgate”, 2016)
“Choosing the Right Toothbrush.” Colgate. Colgate-Palmolive, 2016. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. <http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/selecting-dental-products/article/choosing-the-right-toothbrush>.