Toothbrush Tips

Great Taste in Toothbrushes

When it comes to bathroom accessories, toothbrushes are on the top of everyone's list! In today's market, not only are there scores of stylish toothbrush holders with matching cups to choose from (i.e., elegant, plain, plastic, glass, marble, white, colorful, and whimsical toothbrush sets), but there are now also hundreds of toothbrush varieties. However while fashion is fitting when decorating your bath area, when it comes to good tooth hygiene, common sense takes priority. Fortunately, with the wide array of toothbrush sizes, colors, and types available, you can have good teeth and great taste too!

Toothbrush Tips

Here are some top tips from the experts on how to choose a toothbrush:

Size: A toothbrush handle should be long enough to hold comfortably in your hand, and the toothbrush head should easily reach all teeth surfaces (front, sides, and backs).

Bristles: Toothbrushes come in hard, medium and soft bristle styles. If you brush your teeth vigorously, beware of medium- and hard-bristle toothbrushes, which can damage the outside of your tooth enamel. For the majority of people, soft toothbrushes are sufficient and the most comfortable.

Read the Label: Look for that all-important seal of approval from the American Dental Association, assuring that your toothbrush has been quality tested for safety and cleaning effectiveness

Cost: Although electric toothbrushes are a popular luxury, you can brush your teeth just as effectively with a manual toothbrush, provided you brush correctly. Remember electric toothbrush removable heads must be replaced every few months.

Likability: Believe it or not, whether or not you like your toothbrush is one of the key factors determining tooth health! The best-liked toothbrush is the toothbrush that will be used the most and the toothbrush that will be used for the full two minutes of brushing recommended by the experts.

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

In the great toothbrush debate, the verdict is in: Extensive studies have found no significant difference in plaque-removal and gum-disease-prevention abilities between electric and manual toothbrushes. However one type of electric toothbrush does outshine the rest: the electric rotation oscillation toothbrush - the bristles of which go back and forth and round and round.

Toothbrush Types

No matter what type of toothbrush you choose to keep your teeth and gums healthy and to keep your smile white and bright, make sure to "become friends" with your toothbrush, as it will be keeping your teeth company for a long time to come. Your options are:

•- Manual Toothbrushes

•- Battery Powered Toothbrushes

•- Electric/Sonic Toothbrushes (which plug into a household outlet)

•- Chewable (Disposable) Toothbrushes (If you don't have access to a sink/water, simply chew on a chewable toothbrush for a few minutes and spit it out. Do not swallow, and do not substitute for regular brushing and flossing

•- Children's Toothbrushes (It is especially important that children like their toothbrushes so that they are motivated to brush regularly. Toothbrushes for kids come in a wide variety of whimsical shapes, designs, and colors, including cartoon character toothbrushes, musical toothbrushes, classic story toothbrushes, toothbrushes with a timer, and more)