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When it comes time to choose a new toothbrush, finding the perfect replacement can be time-consuming, especially if you plan to switch styles or brands. Fortunately, toothbrush shopping is a lot quicker and easier if you know what to look for, which is quality and comfort.

Keep in mind that there are two types of toothbrushes: manual and powered.

Manual: manual toothbrushes tend to be less expensive, but offer the same amount of quality.

Powered: powered—or electric—toothbrushes are more fun for children and require less effort on the part of the user.

When choosing either type of toothbrush, make sure it bears the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal ensures the product has been inspected for safety and efficacy. Still, it’s always a good idea to examine the toothbrush yourself, just in case.

Whether you choose manual or powered, look for a toothbrush with a handle that is compatible in size and grip to your hand. The toothbrush head should fit easily in your mouth and be able to navigate the tight corners. Soft-bristled brushes are more comfortable than abrasive toothbrushes, and are kinder on your enamel. For most people, this means buying a smaller brush head.

Finally, consult your dentist for a professional recommendation. Dr. Laurin Cardwell of Cardwell Family Dentistry is always happy to discuss toothbrush options and supply advice. You can contact her at 828-631-3567 or by visiting our facility in Sylva, North Carolina.