The toothbrush you held on to past the constant suggestions that you should replace it. The toothbrush you loved so much you memorized its contours and the way the handle grip felt. You even looked forward to brushing your teeth because of the unique clean feeling it left in your mouth….
Ok so, that’s probably not true.
Toothbrushes do not tend to be memorable. Sure, you might have a favorite brand and bristle firmness that you prefer. But to be honest you probably never think about your toothbrush (unless it’s in such a terrible condition that you remember you need to change it every time you brush your teeth.) But with all the options available to you out there-there is no excuse not to own the perfect toothbrush.
The first choice you need to make is between buying a manual toothbrush or investing in an electric toothbrush. According to a review by Consumer Reports, electric toothbrushes are slightly better than manual toothbrushes at removing plaque, although according to some dentists this edge isn’t relevant at all. An electric toothbrush may be better for you have arthritis or a dexterity problem that makes thorough brushing difficult for you. Electric toothbrushes are way more expensive than manual ones, so the cost alone may not make it worth your while.
You can usually get a manual toothbrush in any of 4 different bristle types: Extra Soft, Soft, Medium, and Hard. Dentists recommend using a soft toothbrush since it removes as much plaque as the medium toothbrush without damaging your teeth and gums. The hard toothbrush can remove more plaque but the damage it does to your teeth is not worth the extra performance. The best toothbrush ever is probably a soft toothbrush.
Finally, you should consider what kind of toothbrush (or toothbrushes) fit your lifestyle best. Do you travel a lot for business? Do you eat most meals away from home? Maybe you go to the gym every day before the office? Do you have to take extra care of your teeth because you wear braces or use a retainer like Invisalign?
All of these are factors you should take into consideration when selecting a toothbrush. Maybe the best toothbrush for you is not a single one, but a toothbrush team; one for home, one for the gym, one for the office, one to keep in your purse at all times, one for business trips, and one for your car. Each of these varying in size, presentation and portability so you can have fresh breath and clean teeth everywhere and everywhen, not to mention the amount of toothpaste tubes you would need to make this strategy work.
Oh and remember to replace every single one of those toothbrushes at least every 3-4 months.
Instead of having all those toothbrushes collecting germs and dust you can get a toothbrush that is the right size for your lifestyle, one that already comes with toothpaste on its bristles and even dental floss so you don’t need to carry your whole dental care kit around the world: a Brushee.
The best part is you can have a fresh new pack of Brushees delivered to you wherever you need them.
With this guide, you are sure to find the best toothbrush for you.
We’d love to hear what kind of toothbrush is your favorite, feel free to leave us a comment below (you can even win a free Brushee!)