1. SOFT BRISTLES - soft or even extra-soft bristles are so important. Some patients go for the medium or even hard bristles thinking it will help remove the plaque and grime from their teeth better. The truth is that plaque is relatively easy to remove with a soft bristle brush if the proper technique and time is taken to do so. Hard bristles increase the risk of gum recession or even wearing down the enamel over time (toothbrush abrasion).
3. TAKE YOUR TIME - Joshua Grooms, DDS thinks every tooth brush needs a timer. Now if you prefer manual brushing over electric than go get a kitchen timer and set it for 2 minutes every time you brush. Most adults do not take nearly enough time brushing every morning and every evening. Once again, there are brushes on the market that will help with this. The Oral B as discussed above and another one of Dr. Grooms' favorite brushes the Sonicare by Philips both have built in timers.
4. Make sure it's safe - The American Dental Association will put their label on dental products that meet certain safety criteria. When it comes to brushes that look for the following:
Acceptance, the company must show that:
- All of the toothbrush components are safe for use in the mouth
- Bristles are free of sharp or jagged edges and endpoints
- The handle material is manufacturer-tested to show durability under normal use
- The bristles won’t fall out with normal use
- The toothbrush can be used without supervision by the average adult to provide a significant decrease in mild gum disease and plaque