Choosing a Toothbrush

Choosing a toothpaste is hard enough with all the options available. Picking out a toothbrush isn’t a whole lot easier. Adding to the mix of regular manual toothbrushes with soft and medium bristles, are several varieties of electric toothbrushes.

If you visit your dentist twice a year, you might receive a complementary toothbrush, which eliminates the added expense of buying your own. For most people, any ADA (American Dental Association) approved manual toothbrush works just fine. Dentists usually recommend soft bristles to avoid damage to the gums and enamel.

The most important thing about teeth brushing is not the toothbrush, but the method used. Electric toothbrushes come with instructions that suggest you divide your teeth into four sections and brush each section for 30 seconds. Reminder beeps go off to indicate when to move to the next section. This is a good rule of thumb to use when brushing with a manual toothbrush as well.

Another problem that people often have when using a manual toothbrush is brushing too vigorously, resulting in injury to the gums, and possible wearing down of the enamel. Electric toothbrushes solve that problem by doing the work for you.

In order to save money, brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush for a total of 2 minutes twice a day. Be thorough, but gentle. For tips on the proper technique, check out this ADA site: http://www.adha.org/oralhealth/brushing.htm