Choosing the right toothbrush

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When it comes to picking a toothbrush for us to use, there are many choices on offer and this can make it difficult for the consumer to pick the one most suitable for them. In this article we will explore the different types of toothbrush available and assess which is likely to be the most effective.

To start, toothbrushes come in many different shapes and sizes and not to mention ranges for children also. Most dentists believe toothbrushes with soft bristles are the best, because they are kinder to the mouth and teeth. You may feel like a firm brush is cleaning your teeth better, but this can increase the potential of damage occurring in your mouth (e.g. worn enamel,) so stick with soft. Furthermore, it is better to purchase a toothbrush with a smaller head rather than a larger head. The benefit of this is that all areas of the mouth can be reached much easier, including those hard to reach rear areas.


There are many more things about a toothbrush that just the head and bristles. Toothbrushes vary in shape and style. For example, some have tongue cleaners, while others offer easy grip or are said to promote whitening or a 360-degree clean. In terms of this decision, this is generally down to individual choice and desire and you should choose something you will be happy to use.


For many people the decision on choosing the right toothbrushes focuses on whether they should use a manual or electric version. Again, there is an element of personal choice in this, but many dentists would agree that electric toothbrushes give a better clean as the speed of revolution of the head is likely to clean the mouth far better. Remember that electric toothbrushes are also better for people who have difficulty cleaning their teeth or where their range of mobility is limited, as electric brushing generally requires minimal effort.


When you are choosing your toothbrush (electric or manual) be wary of quality and don’t pick up the first thing you see or the cheapest price. When it comes to important things like looking after your teeth and oral health it is often better to go with an established brand or one that has been medically (or dentally) endorsed in some way. Remember that recommendations and tips are given for a reason!


If you are choosing a toothbrush for younger members of the family then remember all the above considerations, but also find a toothbrush suitable for infants as adult brushes will be inappropriate. There is often ranges of children’s toothpastes which will compliment these brushes also.


Whether you decide to choose a manual or electric toothbrush you will need to monitor it for effectiveness as like with anything, the more it is used then the quality of impact will decrease. Dentists recommend that toothbrush heads are replaced every 3 months. If you have a manual brush, then this means throwing it away for a new one. For electric brushes and simple swop of the head is all that is required (remember to get some replacement ones in advance.) Sometimes you may feel your toothbrush becomes worn before the three months. If this is the case, then have no concerns about replacing earlier.


As this article shows, there is more to choosing the right toothbrush than you may think, but remembering these simple points can help you very effectively and easily pick something which is right for you and which will be doing the best job for your mouth and teeth.


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