What to look for in a toothbrush

ADA Seal of acceptanceWhen picking a toothbrush, consider the following elements:

  • ADA Seal of Acceptance
    Look for vendors who meet the American Dental Association’s standards for composition, effectiveness, packaging, and safety and have paid for the ADA seal
  • Bristles
    – Choose bristles that are soft or medium-soft
    – Pick angled bristles for easier access to hard-to-reach places
  • Handle
    – Select a bent toothbrush handle for easier reach
    – Fit the handle to the size of the user’s hand
    – Look for a variety of styles and colors to make brushing fun and/or to distinguish one person’s brush from other family members’ brushes
  • Packaging
    – Remember that toothbrushes are not like bandages, which arrive in sterile packaging—know your source
  • Price
    – Pick a price point that will encourage you to replace your brush every 3 months
  • Individual user considerations
    – Opt for products that are free of allergens like latex rubber
    – Match the toothbrush head to the tooth size of the user, neither too big or too small
    – Consider a mechanical or electric toothbrush for someone with dexterity challenges like a broken wrist or arthritis

What will you pick for your next toothbrush?

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