Toothbrush: FSA Eligibility
What is the correct way to brush your teeth?
Use short, gentle strokes to thoroughly clean the outer surfaces and inner surfaces of your teeth. the chewing surfaces, and your tongue as well. Pay special attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth, and areas that surround fillings or crowns. You should take about 2 minutes to properly brush your teeth. Make sure to not press too hard or and to scrub vertically instead of horizontally so that you do not damage the enamel on the teeth (Verywell Health).
What should you consider when choosing a toothbrush?
The optimum brush size for most adults is a half-inch wide and one-inch tall, which should be big enough to easily access surfaces of the teeth but small enough to maneuver into hard-to-reach areas. You can also choose from different bristle varieties, typically soft, medium or hard. Harder toothbrushes will reduce plaque more efficiently but can more easily cause damage to teeth and gum. It might be better to use a medium or soft toothbrush and increase the brush time.
Should you get a manual or Electric toothbrush?
Many studies have been conducted regarding the effectiveness of electric toothbrush and scientists have not found a significant difference between electric and manual toothbrushes in their ability to remove plaque and prevent gum disease. Consider whether you would be comfortable with the vibrating feeling of a powered toothbrush and assess if you have a medical need for it as well. Electric toothbrushes cost many times more than a manual toothbrush and you will have to replace the removal toothbrush often just like you need to replace a manual toothbrush.
How do you care for your toothbrush?
Thoroughly clean your toothbrush by rinsing it with tap water to remove debris. You can also soak it in antibacterial mouthwash or run it through the dishwasher. There are also toothbrush sanitizers you can buy to kill microorganisms on your toothbrush, often using ultraviolet light. Store it upright in a rack or cup and let it dry out after each use. You should replace your toothbrush when the bristles look worn out or every three months, whichever one comes first (American Dental Association).
Toothbrushes are considered to be used to maintain general good health and are therefore not eligible to be purchased with an FSA.