Grocery store aisles are lined with different types of toothbrushes and, with so many options, picking out a toothbrush can be a daunting task.

What should be the most important factors in your toothbrush?

  • Comfort. Make sure your toothbrush is comfortable to hold with a light grip. It should fit your hand appropriately without much effort.
  • Size. Mouths and teeth come in different sizes, so getting a toothbrush that works for your mouth might not be the same toothbrush that works for your brother, sister, or parents. It is important that the brush size fits the size of your mouth/teeth, and it should allow you to reach your very back teeth. If your toothbrush is not the proper size for your mouth, it will not be as effective in cleaning all of your teeth equally.
  • Bristles. Soft bristles will feel the most comfortable on your teeth and gums. Hard bristles run the risk of damaging gums while you brush.

The American Dental Association has approved certain toothbrushes that have met certain standards and are up-to-par with what the ADA feels are some of the best toothbrushes around. Look for the ADA’s seal of approval on available toothbrushes before you decide which to buy.

For more information on correct tooth-brushing techniques, visit the American Dental Association’s website: www.ada.org.