Choosing an Effective Toothbrush

A toothbrush is an essential tool for keeping the teeth clean. With so many sizes, styles and shapes available to purchase, choosing the right one can be slightly confusing. Here are some tips to help you make the best decision.
Tips for Choosing an Effective Toothbrush
Here are some things to look for when choosing your toothbrush.
Most dentists are going to tell you that the soft-bristled options are your best bet. They remove plaque and debris from the teeth along with the gum line. 
The smaller sized heads are also preferable because they will reach into all areas of the mouth. This is especially helpful when brushing the back teeth. Overall, you will want to pick whichever shape and size toothbrush is going to be most comfortable to you. This will help you to brush more and for longer periods of time.
Are Powered Toothbrushes a Good Option?
For some people, purchasing a powered toothbrush might be a better option. It can effectively clean teeth especially for those who have trouble brushing or suffer from limited dexterity.
Powered toothbrushes can provide an easy experience and tend to be fun, but they aren’t necessary for clean teeth. Regular toothbrushes are just as effective and tend to cost less.
Toothbrushes for Children
When purchasing a toothbrush for a child, you want to choose one with soft, nylon bristles. As an infant, the toothbrush should be small and grow with them as they get older. The toothbrush should easily fit inside the mouth. It should also be capable of brushing one to two teeth at a time. The toothbrush must also be long enough that all the teeth can be easily brushed.
Keep Your Toothbrush Healthy
Once you’ve found the right toothbrush, take steps to keep it in good condition. You can do this by:
Cleaning the toothbrush under warm water after each use.
Allowing the brush to air dry after use
Storing the toothbrush in an upright position
Replacing the toothbrush every three months or as soon as the bristles begin to wear
Dr. Kaufman, your dentist in Chicago, can help recommend the best toothbrush for you. To schedule your next appointment, please call (773) 643-6006.