5 Things to Look for in a Toothbrush

5 Things to Look for in a Toothbrush

No one wants to deal with dental problems over the years. And the best way to keep your teeth healthy throughout your life is to take proper care of them. 

With that goal in mind, Andrew Day, DDS offers regular dental exams here at Modern Day Dental in Santa Clara, California. But maintaining proper oral health also requires you to take some steps at home. Primarily, you need to be brushing and flossing on a daily basis.

As with most jobs, the right tools make all the difference. To help you get the most out of your at-home oral hygiene routine, here are five things to look for in a toothbrush. 

Soft bristles

Because toothbrushes are sold with a variety of bristle types, you might think choosing soft, medium, or hard is just a matter of preference. Actually, though, most people brush vigorously enough that medium or hard bristles can harm your gums, even causing gum recession. 

In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) specifically recommends toothbrushes with soft bristles.


Bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to toothbrushes. A smaller head size makes it easier to maneuver the toothbrush in your mouth and get into those hard-to-reach spaces behind your molars. 

Rounded bristle tips

While you want your toothbrush to be able to scrape away plaque, you don’t want it to scrape away your enamel, your tooth’s hard, protective outer coating. And you don’t want to scrape your gums, either. Toothbrush bristles with rounded tips will give you the cleaning power you need with fewer sharp edges to cause problems.  


A quality toothbrush doesn’t have to be an investment. While many companies tout the benefits of technologically advanced electric toothbrushes, a manual option you buy at the grocery store can be just as effective, provided you’re following proper tooth-brushing technique

ADA Seal of Acceptance

In an effort to make it easier for consumers to identify quality toothbrushes, the ADA issues a Seal of Acceptance. This indicates that the toothbrush will be safe for use and will hold up for an appropriate amount of time. 

On that note, to keep your toothbrush functioning its best, replace it every few months. If it starts looking worn before that, it’s probably a sign that you’re brushing your teeth too hard. 

These are generally applicable tips, but our team may recommend you use a specific toothbrush type to address oral health issues that may be affecting you.

If you’re still not sure which toothbrush will meet your dental hygiene needs, our team can give you some recommendations. For help choosing a toothbrush and supporting your overall oral health, call our office or request an appointment online today. 

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