What Type of Toothbrush Do You Need?

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There are a lot of choices available to us and that includes toothbrushes. Below are some considerations when purchasing your next toothbrush.

Based on bristles:

There are three main types of bristle: soft, medium, and hard. Your dentist can recommend the best kind of bristles based on individual needs. People with thin and flimsy gingiva should generally use soft bristled toothbrushes, whereas patients with firm gingiva, non-bleeding gums, and thick biofilms should use medium and hard bristled toothbrushes.

Most patients should avoid large headed toothbrushes. These are difficult to use for cleaning since they do not fit inside the mouth well. Small-headed brushes are better because they are easier to maneuver in the mouth. A bristle space of 1 inch by half inch or less is great for most folks.

Bristles come in various designs too. Different shapes like flat bristles, dome bristles, and rippled bristles are based on personal preference.

Avoid ones that have sharp or jagged edges which can damage gingiva and oral tissues

Based on handles:

Several handle sizes are available and designed for comfort, such as with a no-slip grip or curved handles. The American Dental Association has given its Seal of Acceptance to some toothbrushes. Toothbrushes that show this seal have handles which have undergone manufacturer’ testing and have demonstrated durability with bristles that do not have sharp edges.

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes:

Electric toothbrushes are great for children – or adults –  who are not good at knowing what and how to brush. They are also beneficial for people with dexterity problems in their hands, wrists or arms, or have a weak grip.

Whatever you choose, your brush should be replaced every three months or sooner when the bristles being to fray.