How to Choose Your Next Toothbrush — Electric or Manual?

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How to Choose Your Next Toothbrush — Electric or Manual?

When was the last time you bought a toothbrush? If you were overwhelmed by the selection, it’s no surprise. There are different kinds of bristles to choose from, the decision between electric versus disposable, and then you have to pick a color (if you have a big family, this is kind of a big deal). Truth is, there are some simple guidelines to follow to make the task easier and to help ensure that you’re getting the most bang for the buck.


A larger toothbrush head doesn’t mean a better clean. In most cases, a medium size head (meaning half-inch wide and one-inch tall) is what you want. It will do a better job of covering the surface area of your teeth, leading to a better polish.


For many, a harder bristle makes us feel like we’re getting the job done, but a hard bristle actually can cause real damage to gums, roots, and enamel. When shopping for your toothbrush, look for a soft-bristle brush. If you’re accustomed to the harder ones, it may take a little time to get used to a soft-bristle, but you’re doing your mouth a favor.

ADA Approval

While there is a big selection of toothbrushes on the market, not all of them have the approval of the American Dental Association (ADA). Make sure yours has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Electric v. Manual

Generally speaking, if you’re doing a good job of brushing your teeth, this one is up to you. Buying an electric brush is an investment. They are a bit expensive on the front end, but they last a long time. If this is your preference, make sure you’re using a soft-bristled head and changing it out every 3-4 months. The same goes for manual toothbrushes.

Last, But Never Least…

Make sure you’re practicing good dental hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to floss daily and see your dentist twice a year. Preventative measures make all the difference when it comes to making a smile last a lifetime.

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