The Toothbrush Conundrum

If you watch T.V. like millions of other Americans everyday, you have likely been bombarded by advertisements trying to sell you a toothbrush.  Now, all these ads are basically the same.  They begin by showing you some gorgeous woman or handsome man with a perfect smile and end with a phrase telling you that this is the toothbrush most dentists recommend.  Now I doubt any of you has chosen a toothbrush based on these adds.  If you’re anything like me, you wander into a pharmacy and grab the coolest looking cheap toothbrush you find.  However, there are so many different kinds of toothbrushes out there I have always wondered, am selling my mouth short?  What do these fancy toothbrushes have to offer? How should one really go about choosing the toothbrush that is right for him or her?  Toothbrushes are, after all, a vital part of your oral health and daily routine.  As such its time to stop being cheap, do some research, and pick out the toothbrush that is right for you.

Toothbrushes in their modern form have been in existence since the 1930s.  But way back then consumers did not have much choice about what  kind of toothbrush to buy.  In the past eighty-two years, however, things have changed.  The toothbrush market today is saturated with different brands and different models all jousting for position as the consumers favorite.  The proliferation of electric toothbrushes only added to the fray.  All of these options can lead to consumer confusion about which toothbrush is best suited to their needs.

Tips for Choosing a Toothbrush

Regardless of whether your toothbrush is manual or electric there are certain characteristics you should always look for.  Begin with the size of the toothbrush.  The best toothbrush should give you easy access to all surfaces of your teeth.  For the average adult, a toothbrush head that is a half-inch wide and one-inch tall will offer the easiest and most effective brushing.  Be wary of larger toothbrush heads as they may prove to be hard to maneuver making it impossible to get at those hard to reach areas.  Be sure that the toothbrush has a long enough handle that you can comfortably hold it in your hand.

Another important toothbrush characteristic is the bristle variety.  There are generally three varieties of nylon bristles to chose from: soft, medium or hard.  For the overwhelming majority of people a soft bristle brush will offer the most comfort and be the safest choice.  If you brush vigorously or the strength of your teeth is weak, medium and hard bristle brushes may actually damage your gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel.  For even more protection when you brush, be sure the bristles of your toothbrush have rounded tips.

It is always helpful to get an expert recommendation when shopping for a toothbrush. After that go to your dentist and ask him what he thinks is the best toothbrush for you.  When you are perusing the toothbrush aisle, look for toothbrushes that have earned the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval.  For disposable toothbrushes, the seal means that the bristles will have safe tips, they will not fall out of the toothbrush under typical brushing conditions, the handle will withstand normal use, and the toothbrush will reduce plaque and gum disease in their early stages.

The most important factor when choosing a toothbrush is likability.  Do not chose a toothbrush that you’re not fond of because you and this toothbrush are going to be getting up close and personal at least twice a day for a long time.  If you like your toothbrush, you’re more likely to use it.


The last time I decided to buy a new toothbrush I decided to buy an electric one.  After using it for several years I can honestly say I have no idea how I functioned with the old disposable toothbrushes for so long.  Not that I have anything against them personally, its just my opinion that electric toothbrushes offer much more style, convenience, and functionality.  Electric toothbrushes cut down on movement and eliminate scrubbing.  They basically do all the work for you.  My personal model has a built in timer so I can be sure I brush the recommended two minuets.  While I decided to fall in love with an electric toothbrush, maybe that’s not for you.  If you like the old manual ones don’t be shy, just be smart.  Research the best brands.  Ask your dentist for a recommendation and find the toothbrush that is right for you.

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