Soft bristles, hard bristles, flexible head, gum massagers… there are so many different types of toothbrushes on the market! How can you choose the right one for your mouth? Let’s take a look at some common questions people have about choosing a toothbrush.
Why are There so Many Different Toothbrushes?
Just as all people are individuals, not all mouths have the same requirements when it comes to toothbrush choice. Toothbrushes come in different sizes to reflect the differences in size between people’s mouths. The head of your toothbrush should reach comfortably behind your back molars to clean there; if the brush is too big, it will be uncomfortable or impossible to reach. If you’re not sure which size you need, choose a small or medium toothbrush.
Soft or Hard Bristles?
Most people should buy soft or medium bristled toothbrushes. Hard bristles are designed for those people who have been instructed by their dentists to brush their gums as hard as possible. For other people, brushing with hard bristles could damage the gums or the enamel on the teeth.
Do I Need a Toothbrush with a Flexible Head?
Flexible head toothbrushes are designed to make it easier to reach the backs and sides of your teeth. They are usually slightly more expensive than standard toothbrushes. If you struggle to reach certain areas of your mouth to clean them, or you have previously experienced tooth decay on the backs of your molars, consider choosing a toothbrush with a flexible head to make sure that those hard-to-reach areas get a thorough clean.
Are Electric Toothbrushes Better?
Electric toothbrushes are useful for people with limited mobility. There is also some evidence that dual-rotating electric toothbrushes – those with bristles that rotate in both directions – are more effective at removing plaque than manual brushes. Some electric toothbrushes offer extra features such as a gum massager head, which stimulates healthy gum growth. Ultimately, the decision over whether to use an electric or a manual toothbrush is a personal one; choose the toothbrush that you are most comfortable using so that you will be more inclined to brush thoroughly at least twice a day.
Whatever size or style of toothbrush you choose, make sure that it is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). There should be a logo clearly visible on the packet. If there is no logo present, choose a different brush!
Victoria contributed this guest post on behalf of the Glebe Dental Group. Victoria is a freelance writer with extensive experience as a dental technician. She writes for various dental blogs on the subject of oral hygiene