Not sure how to choose the right toothbrush when you’re faced with a mountain of options? Here’s a short guide to help you find one that works best for you.

Manual Toothbrushes

With all the electric toothbrushes that are still on the shelves, do you still really need to use a manual one? Depending on your toothbrushing habits and oral condition, manual models are still considered effective for those who are diligent brushers. Here’s how to decide which one is best for you:

Head Type

When it comes to the head types, there’s a variety of sizes and shapes to choose from. If you have a small mouth, then a compact head will allow you to reach those tighter areas in the back of your mouth. If you have a larger-sized mouth, a full-sized head will give you a better overall clean. There are also specialty heads that you may want to consider. For instance, an angled head can reach the inner areas of the front teeth that are often hard to target. And if you struggle to clean the molars, a diamond-shaped head will help.

Bristle Type

Dentists most often recommend soft bristle brushes, especially for those with sensitive teeth and gums. Medium and hard bristles are often suggested for those who are more prone to plaque buildup. But they can irritate the gums and even wear away at the enamel if you have soft teeth or tend to overbrush.


When choosing a brush, you’ll also need to consider the type of bristle pattern that is best for you. The traditional block pattern is an effective shape for those with straight teeth, but they’re not suitable for people with difficult-to-reach areas along the back teeth. In this case, a V-shape pattern would be best. If you’re prone to plaque buildup, a criss-cross pattern is the most effective option, but if stains are your biggest concern, a polishing-cup shape will help whiten your teeth.


For those who struggle to get a decent cleaning with a manual toothbrush, an electric one can be a better option. Through spinning, rotating, and oscillating movements, electric brushes offer more cleaning power in less time. But with all the brands on the market today, you need to know how to find one that will meet your exact needs. Here are a few tips:

Head Size

Many electric brushes have a smaller head size than most manual ones. This helps to clean each tooth individually and get into the hard-to-reach spaces effortlessly. Rectangular shaped heads are best for those who do not need a specific type of cleaning.

Bristle Movements

There are also varying bristle designs and degrees of movements, and choosing one will depend on your specific oral needs. For those looking to reduce plaque and gingivitis, a high-frequency sonic brush or ultrasonic one is the best option to deep clean the teeth and remove plaque well below the gumline.

Features and Functions

New electric brushes also come with a range of smart features that might be useful to you. This includes timers, pressure sensors and even WIFI capability. If you need customizable options, there are ones that come with various power options and interchangeable heads as well.

Not sure how to decide? Talk to your dentist at Yazdani Family Dentistry. They’ll look at your mouth and teeth shape, oral health, brushing habits and more to determine which toothbrush is right for you. Book your appointment today!

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani has helped to restore the smiles and self-confidence of countless clients since opening Yazdani Family Dentistry in 2001. As CEO and Director, he has amassed thousands of hours of comprehensive training and real-world experience in his decades-long tenure. Dr. Yazdani is deeply passionate about his work, family, and making the most of life itself.