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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Toothbrush

Oral hygiene is very important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy as well as for overall general health. The best way to keep your gums and teeth clean and healthy is regular brushing. But what toothbrush is best for you? Stores today offer a vast assortment of toothbrushes, including manual and electric models.

Electric or Manual

Either a manual or electric toothbrush will clean your teeth. If cost is an issue, then a manual toothbrush may be best. Electric toothbrushes are more costly than manual toothbrushes. Some electric toothbrushes cost more than $100, but there are budget models available. In addition to the initial cost of the electric toothbrush, you will have to purchase replacement heads for the toothbrush every three to four months. Manual toothbrushes can be purchased for a few dollars. Electric toothbrushes need to either have batteries installed or be placed on a charger each day. If you travel a lot, it may be easier to take a manual toothbrush with you. You don’t have to worry about taking a charger and having access to an electrical outlet. Some studies have shown that an electric toothbrush may remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Some electric toothbrushes may have timers that will help ensure that you brush for a full two minutes. Electric toothbrushes may be a better choice for someone with misaligned teeth.

Toothbrush Characteristics

Whether you choose an electric or manual toothbrush, there are certain things that you should look for in a toothbrush. Look for a small head on the toothbrush. This will allow you to reach all areas of your teeth and gums. Most people prefer a brush head that is approximately a half inch wide and an inch long. The handle of the toothbrush should be comfortable to hold.

Toothbrushes are available with soft, medium and hard bristles. For most people, a toothbrush with soft bristles is the best choice. Softer bristles are gentler for your sensitive gums. A toothbrush with soft bristles will clean your teeth effectively without damaging the enamel of your teeth.

Choosing a toothbrush can seem like a daunting task, but almost any comfortable toothbrush you pick will clean your teeth well. Select a small size brush heads with soft bristles. Remember to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three to four months. Pick a handle that will be comfortable for you to hold.

About The Author of The Ultimate Guide To Choosing a Toothbrush

Lyndsi Decker is a freelance writer and is currently promoting dental practice marketing such as Dentrix Dental Software. She is also a student and enjoys blogging about traveling when she has time.

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