There are certain features you should expect to find in any toothbrush you select in order to maintain your dental health, whether you use the manual or powered variety. For example, the head of your toothbrush should provide easy access to every surface of your teeth. Most adult adults feel comfortable using one that is an inch long and a half-inch wide with a handle that allows the user to grip the toothbrush comfortably.
Your Best Choice
For most people of any age, a soft-bristled toothbrush will be the most comfortable choice-and the safest one as well. The one you select-preferably, one with bristles that have rounded tips-along with a gentle brushing technique, will help you to avoid damaging your protective tooth enamel. In addition, to ensure that the toothbrush you select has been through quality control tests for both safety and cleaning effectiveness, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval, or have your dentist recommend one.
Hard bristles should be avoided because they tend to cause the gums to recede, and since soft bristles have greater flexibility, they enable the user to brush below the gum line. Despite claims made by manufacturers, the shape of a toothbrush’s handle or neck is insignificant in regard to its effectiveness, and they can be chosen according to your preference.
While you should be able to find a manual toothbrush that is just right for you, note that an electric toothbrush offers certain advantages. For example, it is easier to manage, and this is a consideration for those who are less dexterous, have arthritis, or are coping with some other condition that makes using a manual toothbrush difficult. The rapid movement of its bristles may help to remove more plaque, and some electric toothbrushes come with a built-in timer indicating that you have been brushing for the recommended two minutes. In addition, those equipped with sensors will let you know when your brushing becomes too vigorous.
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