Almost any toothbrush that you choose will ultimately work well. The most important thing is to make sure you’re brushing your teeth properly. You should brush your teeth for at least 2-3 minutes, at least twice a day. Consult your dentist on how to properly scrub your teeth to prevent cavities and tooth damage.

Here are some tips for how to select the best toothbrush and your family.

Bristles

The best point to keep in mind in electing a toothbrush is to go for brushes with soft bristles. Hard bristles cause gum recession, exposing tooth roots and leading to tooth sensitivity.

Electric toothbrushes

When using proper brushing techniques, powered brushes don’t necessarily clean teeth any better than regular brushes. However, if an electric toothbrush motivates you to brush your teeth more often and for the necessary length of time, go ahead and invest in one. If not, you might as well go for a regular toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes are a better option for people who need assistance with brushing their teeth, such as those with arthritis, other mobility-limiting conditions, braces, misaligned or uneven teeth.

Toothbrushes for children

If you are shopping for children’s toothbrushes, look for a brush with the following traits:

  • Soft bristles
  • Very small heads
  • Large handles (easier for children to grip)

How often should I Replace my Toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles begin to look worn, bent or frayed. Worn brushes do not do a good job of cleaning the teeth, and you should also replace your toothbrush after an illness.

Typically, a toothbrush should begin to show wear every 3 months, and if your brush consistently wears out sooner than this, you are probably brushing too hard. Ask your dentist to show you how to properly brush your teeth.