Deciding on the type of toothbrush to buy nowadays is often confusing due to the many brands available in the market. Dental professionals agree that a soft- bristled brush is better for removing plaque and debris from the teeth. Small headed brushes are also preferable since they reach all areas of the mouth including the hard to reach back teeth. The best toothbrush is one that fits the mouth and reaches all teeth with ease. For many people, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It is able to do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or a limited manual dexterity.
It is important to consider a toothbrush that ha round ended bristles. This is because they are less abrasive and destructive to the oral tissues compared to sharp end bristles. The bristles can either be made of nylon, polyester or even natural material. Nylon bristles are said to be more long lasting and hygienic compared to polyester bristles.
The brush head size should be according to the size of your vocal cavity. It should be able to reach everywhere in the mouth. The brush handles have various designs ranging from straight, contra angle handle, flexible angle and many others. The handle should allow a firm grip and good control.
It is important to speak to your dentist and seek advice on the type of toothbrush suitable for you. For the most benefit, the choice of a brush depends on a person’s current oral health condition and how effective they are at maintaining their oral hygiene. Orthodontic patients should choose an orthodontic toothbrush as they are specially designed with V shaped bristles that help to remove plaque around teeth and braces. Electric toothbrushes are usually recommended for older patients or people with less manual dexterity (arthritis patients). They perform better than manual toothbrushes in terms of removing plaque, stain and calculus. However, manual toothbrushes can also achieve similar results with electric toothbrushes if they are used effectively.
Toothbrushes should be replaced when they begin to show wear, or every three months. Replacement should also be done when the toothbrush indicator has worn off. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you have had a cold or sore throat since the bristles can collect a lot of microorganisms that lead to re-infection.