Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the choices filling the shelves in the dental aisle of your local grocery store? There are electric toothbrushes, toothbrushes made with bamboo bristles, hard or soft bristles, .even some that are featured on Instagram. With so many options, how are you supposed to choose the one that’s best for your dental health?
Studies have found that an electric toothbrush with a rotating head is better than manual brushes at removing plaque from teeth and preventing gum disease. Some electric toothbrushes also have a timer, which makes it easier for you to brush for the recommended minimum of two minutes. If you choose an electric toothbrush, dentists say to use one that charges via a wall charger and not a battery-powered model.
Manual toothbrushes are cheaper and easier to replace every three to four months as recommended by dentists. It’s also important to use a manual toothbrush with soft bristles, as brushing with hard ones can cause tooth sensitivity.
The American Dental Association says the best toothbrush for you is the one that you’ll use effectively. Both manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes can clean teeth and keep gums healthy so long as they are used correctly. The important thing is to aim for the gum line, don’t brush harshly and brush for at least two minutes. And don’t forget to floss.
Regardless of what type of toothbrush you use, make sure you purchase one with an ADA seal of approval for safety and effectiveness. If you’re not sure whether to buy an electric or manual toothbrush, talk to your dentist about your options.
And, it bears repeating, don’t forget to floss!