How to Pick the Right Toothbrush for Cleaning Your Teeth

When choosing the right tooth brush, the first step is to decide between a manual or a power brush. The ADA suggests picking the type that you will want to use, or in the case of your children, the one that will encourage them to brush twice a day for two minutes each time.

Are You Choosing the Right Toothbrush for Your Child?

Some children find the power brush is “fun” and it encourages them to brush. Or, if motor skills are an issue for your child due to age or special needs, the power brush may be a more effective tool and with adult assistance can help keep gum tissue healthy and teeth cleaner. In addition, most power brushes have a timer to help keep track of how long your children are brushing.


Some children may have challenges with the sensation of the power brush and it could discourage use. If this is the case, a manual brush is a better option. Have the child practice the brushing technique with adult supervision. It’s also a good idea to keep a tooth timer on hand to help keep track of the two minutes.


Children under the age of nine may not have the dexterity to brush on their own. We recommend that an adult take over brushing for younger children. When selecting the right toothbrush, choose a brush head size that is appropriate to the age and size of the person using the brush. Infants and toddlers need small brush heads. Teens and adults would use a larger brush head, but not so big that it cannot reach the back teeth or causes gagging which may discourage brushing.


Whether you choose a manual or power brush, a larger or smaller brush head, it is advised to choose a soft bristled head. Stiffer bristles can cause damage to the gums and can lead to irritation, bleeding and inflammation.


We also recommend that you look for the ADA seal of approval. This assures you that the product you have selected has been evaluated for safety and effectiveness and that it will provide the benefits listed on the product.


Choosing the Right Toothbrush

As you review your toothbrush options, the key items to consider are manual or power brush, soft bristles, appropriate size brush head and the ADA seal of approval on the package. Remember to brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss at least once a day. We recommend a visit to your dentist every six months to help ensure that you keep your smile healthy for a lifetime. Once you choose the right toothbrush then you have to pick the right toothpaste!