We’ve all had it happen. You go to the store to buy a toothbrush. Just a toothbrush. It can’t be that hard, right? However, once you arrive at the oral care aisle, you are bombarded with seemingly thousands of options. From Barbie, to Snoopy, to fancy grips, to swiveling motorized toothbrushes. How do you choose? There are a few things to consider when purchasing a toothbrush that will help you keep your mouth healthy and clean in the long run!
- Electric – This is the listed first because it is the first thing to consider. If you can afford an electric toothbrush, go with it! First, electric toothbrushes provide timers on them to encourage you to brush for a full two minutes. Those two minutes are important to not only break down plaque and bacteria well, but also allow the fluoride to set in on the tooth’s surface. Electric toothbrushes are also important because the motion of the head is effective, but subtle. That motion is minimally aggressive to your gums, as opposed to the common “sawing” motion that many people use with a regular toothbrush. The “sawing” motion can lead to further gum recession and other problems.
- Size – Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes, which is especially important for purchasing a brush for children or adults with especially small mouths. If you know you have had trouble in the past, look for the smaller brushes to fit your mouth.
- Flexibility – Many toothbrushes provide flexing motion in the brush head, which can help you angle the hard to reach places in your mouth.
- Appearance – We list this last because it’s really not the most important. Manufacturers put all sorts of fancy grips, colors, and patterns on toothbrushes as marketing ploys. While they make a toothbrush look better, they really don’t do much to clean your teeth. With that said, if a child is more motivated to brush their teeth regularly because their favorite cartoon is on the toothbrush, buy the decorative cartoon toothbrush. Helping young children develop healthy habits like teeth brushing is so vital, and a cartoon covered toothbrush may be just the way to help develop that!