When choosing a toothbrush there are many things to consider. The ideal toothbrush is different for each person based on their personal dental needs, but there are a few major things that can impact the way people decide what toothbrush to choose.

Size Of The Toothbrush Head

different toothbrush head data-lazy-sizesOne big factor is the size of the toothbrush. The head of the toothbrush should be able to comfortably reach every surface of your teeth. The most common size for a toothbrush head is half an inch wide and one inch tall for optimal cleaning.

There are different size heads available for toothbrushes, however, one that is too big or too small can be difficult to maneuver and might not provide the same quality of cleaning.

Variety Of Bristles

a close up shot of toothbrush bristles

Another thing to consider is the variety of bristles. Bristles come in soft, medium, and hard nylon. Soft and medium bristles are most common among toothbrushes and provide comfortable safe brushing.

Depending on how hard you brush and the strength of your teeth, hard bristles can cause damage to your root surface, gums, and protective tooth enamel.


the price of toothbrushes

Cost is also very important when buying a toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes have become more affordable, but they can still be quite expensive. If you plan to stay with the same type of toothbrush, make sure it is for a reasonable price.

Electric toothbrush heads still need to be changed as frequently as manual toothbrushes.

Manual Or Electric?

electric vs. manual toothbrush

When choosing between manual or electric toothbrushes, most dentists would recommend electric toothbrushes for a healthier oral hygiene routine. They are definitely more expensive than a regular toothbrush, but research shoes that people who use electric toothbrushes often have healthier gums, keep their teeth for longer, and have less tooth decay.

That being said, if you regularly floss, brush your teeth, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups, your oral health should be in tip top shape regardless of whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush.


Will You Use It?

a woman happily brushing her teeth in front of the mirror

And finally, the most important thing is to make sure to get a toothbrush that you will use. There’s no point in finding the perfect toothbrush if it won’t be used, so make sure you like the toothbrush and it doesn’t cause you any pain.

If you find that any of these criteria don’t work for you, change things up and find the perfect toothbrush for you.

Still unsure what toothbrush is best for you? Contact our team today for help finding your perfect toothbrush. Westside Dental is here to make your tooth maintenance routine easier and more effective.