Walk down the tooth care aisle of any grocery or drug store and you will find a plethora of toothbrushes. This one has a flexible neck, and another has extra soft bristles, so how do you tell which is the best manual toothbrush? The three main criteria you should look at are the size of the brush, the type of bristle, and whether or not it is ADA-approved.
How To Pick The Best Manual Toothbrush
When choosing a toothbrush, size does matter. The standard adult toothbrush is about a half-inch wide and one inch long, although they come in larger or smaller sizes. The larger the toothbrush, the harder it may be to maneuver in your mouth, leaving nooks and crannies vulnerable. Young children will require a toothbrush with a smaller head and handle for their little hands and mouths.
Toothbrush bristles are now made of nylon, and when looking at toothbrushes, you will notice that they are labeled as being either extra-soft, soft, medium, or hard. Which you choose will largely depend on your brushing habits and your teeth. While most dentists recommend that their clients use a soft-bristle brush, those with sensitive teeth may opt for an extra-soft one. Dentists hardly recommend medium- and hard-bristle brushes; depending on how you brush, they can actually damage the natural enamel layer of your teeth.
Like toothpaste, it is important to look for the ADA seal of approval on any toothbrush you buy. In order to receive this honor, a toothbrush must hold up to normal use. This means that the bristles must have safe and rounded tips, the bristles will not fall out, and the handle will not break. The best manual toothbrushes have has passed tests ensuring that it is effective at reducing plaque buildup and will help prevent gum disease.
Ultimately, it comes down to whether or not you like the toothbrush you use; the less fond you are of it, the less likely you are to use it. Once you find the toothbrush you need, brush your teeth at least twice a day in two-minute intervals. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Don’t hesitate to switch it up if you are not comfortable with your current brush.