Find the right toothbrush for you

Walking through the toothbrush aisle can be overwhelming. There are so many types of toothbrushes on the market right now, so how can you be sure you’re choosing the best option for your smile? Here, we give you some tips on what to look for when toothbrush hunting. 

Bristle type 

There are three types of bristles: soft, medium and hard. Dentists recommend opting for soft-bristled toothbrushes, because they are the gentlest on tooth-enamel and gums, while still effectively removing plaque. You should find the label for bristle type printed on the packaging. 

Manual or electric 

The toothbrush market offers both manual and electric options, each with its own set of benefits. Manual toothbrushes are affordable, readily available, and can be a good choice for those with strong brushing techniques. Meanwhile, electric toothbrushes typically feature rotating or oscillating brush heads that can help remove more plaque compared to manual brushing. Electric toothbrushes are also easier to use, especially for people with limited dexterity or children who are still learning proper brushing techniques. 


Make sure to pay attention to the design details of a toothbrush before purchasing it. For example, a toothbrush head that is too small may not provide adequate coverage when cleaning, while one that is too big may have difficulty reaching in tight spaces. The toothbrush handle design is also important to ensure a stable grip while brushing. Also, look for toothbrushes designed to fit your individual needs. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, look for toothbrushes designed explicitly for sensitive oral care. If you have orthodontic appliances like braces, consider using a toothbrush with V-shaped bristles to clean around brackets and wires effectively. 

Remember, a toothbrush is only one part of your oral care routine. Don’t forget to complement it with regular dental check-ups. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, schedule an appointment with Jackson Dental by calling (573) 243-5200 or visiting our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.