How to Buy the Best Toothbrush for Your Dental Needs

electric and manual toothbrushes sitting side by side

When it comes to purchasing a toothbrush, there are a lot of choices out there that make knowing what to look for more difficult than it should be. So we understand that you can be uncertain about the best toothbrush for you, especially when toothbrushes now come with an array of features!

How Do I Know When I Need a New Toothbrush?

Did you know it is best to replace your toothbrush every three to four months? If you use your toothbrush for longer than these few months, the bristles tend to fray and wear out. Worn or overused toothbrushes are ineffective at removing plaque. Each time you have a routine dental cleaning and exam, consider switching out your toothbrush.

If it’s time to buy your next toothbrush, here are three things you should consider!

1. Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

While manual and electric toothbrushes effectively remove plaque to prevent decay and disease, each has its benefits. For example, electric toothbrushes often come with timed settings to ensure you’re brushing for the entire two minutes. On the other hand, manual toothbrushes are easily accessible without needing to be charged to function, tend to be more affordable, and are lightweight.

2. Soft Brush Bristles

Soft-bristled toothbrushes are favored for the teeth and gums. Though the bristles are soft, they still remove plaque and debris and help prevent the need for restorative dental work. Unless Doctors Keys or Cardenas or one of our hygienists specifically recommends a medium or hard bristle brush, try to select soft!

3. Comfortable Brush Handle

Whether or not you select a manual or electric toothbrush, if it’s uncomfortable to hold, you’re less likely to brush entirely for the recommended two minutes. Figure out what is best for you, a non-slip grip, flexible handle, or an angled handle?

Artistic Dentistry for All Your Dental Needs!

If you’re still uncertain about the best toothbrush for your dental needs, give our office a call. Our caring and friendly team are happy to help you maintain your oral hygiene and keep your smile as healthy as possible! We look forward to hearing from you.

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