Which type of toothbrush should I use?

We all know that brushing our teeth is an essential part of our dental health routine, but with so many different types of toothbrush around, it can be hard to choose just one.

Trying to weigh up whether we want a manual or electronic toothbrush, and which bristle softness we should go for can be complicated, especially when most of us are just looking for a toothbrush which will give our teeth the best clean.

Tooth brushing is an important process though, as it removes plaque from the teeth which in time can wear down the teeth and create a cavity. Therefore, choosing the right brush is essential to our oral health.

Firstly, you’ll need to choose whether you prefer to use a manual or an electric toothbrush. This is generally just a matter of personal preference, along with considerations such as expense, as electric toothbrushes cost more. While it has been clinically proven that electric toothbrushes provide a better clean and remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes, some experts state that the difference is marginal.

The softness of the bristles on the brush head is an important consideration – many people believe that a hard-bristled brush will be better for removing stains from the teeth, but this is a misconception, and hard bristles can actually cause more damage by wearing away the enamel on the teeth. Dentists tend to recommend soft-bristled toothbrushes or very soft bristles for those with sensitive teeth and gums.

The size of the brush head is also important to think about. The head of your toothbrush should fit into your mouth comfortably – if it is uncomfortable, you will be less inclined to brush your teeth for the full recommended two minutes. The head should fit between the teeth and the cheek, and it should be small enough to clean the sides of your back molars.

At the other end of the brush, a long handle is preferable. This ensures you have a firm, comfortable grip on the brush, while rubber bumps on the brush will also help keep it from slipping out of your hands during brushing.

You should replace your toothbrush every two to three months – manual toothbrushes should be replaced entirely, while just the head of an electric toothbrush needs replacing. After this time, bacteria can begin to form on the bristles, which will be transferred back to the mouth during brushing.

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