By now it probably goes without saying that brushing your teeth is your number one defense against cavities. But if you’ve walked down the oral care aisle in your local drug store recently, you know how many choices of toothbrushes there are, and it can feel overwhelming. There are numerous great options out there, but we want to give you our top three recommendations to help you in your search for the right toothbrush.
1. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush
Our top pick for toothbrushes is the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush. This toothbrush is more costly than any manual toothbrush you’ll purchase, but we think it’s a worthwhile investment. We love this toothbrush for many reasons, one being the way it brushes. The smooth vibration easily and effectively loosens debris and hard-to-reach areas around your teeth and makes you feel like you’ve been to the dentist to get a routine dental cleaning every time you use it. This toothbrush also comes with an assortment of cool features, including a built-in timer that automatically turns the toothbrush off when you’ve brushed for two minutes, and a light that flashes when you’re brushing too hard. Conveniently, this toothbrush comes with a variety of toothbrush heads to meet individual needs, such as brushes for smaller mouths, larger mouths, braces, etc. In addition to the features and the efficient way it brushes your teeth, this Sonicare toothbrush even comes with an app for your phone that will help you monitor, improve, and maximize the way you brush your teeth.
2. Grin Charcoal-Infused Bamboo Toothbrush
If you’re looking for a less expensive toothbrush than the Sonicare Toothbrush, why not go with an environmentally friendly toothbrush? We love Grin’s Charcoal-Infused Bamboo Manual Toothbrush. Not only is the bamboo handle 100% biodegradable, but this toothbrush’s bristles are infused with premium activated charcoal which some studies show could help protect the mouth from bacteria and whiten teeth.
3. Curaprox Ultra Soft Manual Toothbrush
You may not be as familiar with this Swiss company as you are with some of the more common dental brands, but Curaprox has been one of the most recommended brands by dental hygienists for decades and we really think you will like this toothbrush. The Curaprox Ultra Soft Toothbrush has more than twice the amount of bristles than a typical toothbrush, with more than 5,000 individual bristles, each measuring only 0.1 millimeters in thickness. Because the bristles are so thin, they are gentle on your teeth and gums but are also tremendously effective in getting in between teeth and often-neglected areas. A much less expensive option than the Sonicare, this is by far one of our favorite manual toothbrushes.
Whether you’re investing in a Sonicare or sticking to a soft-bristled manual toothbrush, the most important things for your teeth are consistency and technique. Remember to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time, and make sure you’re not brushing too hard and that you’re getting to all the hard-to-reach areas in your mouth. If you’re doing these things, then choosing the right toothbrush will only be an added bonus to an already healthy and bright smile!