How much thought do you put into choosing a toothbrush?
The toothbrush you use might be the source of your dental problems. Using the right one is just as important as picking the right toothpaste.
What are the components of a great toothbrush? Check which qualities yours have to figure out if you should make the change.
Electric vs Ordinary
Electric toothbrushes can create more movement than your hand ever can. Some of them even come with 2-minute timers ensuring you don’t brush too much or not enough.
Large vs Small Head
Smaller heads are better for harder to reach areas, especially if you recently got braces or Hawley retainers. Ideally, toothbrush heads should be 1-inch long and 0.5-inch wide.
Hard vs Soft Bristles
Some people think the harder the plaque, the harder the bristles have to be. The truth is, soft bristles do the trick every time. Any plaque and germs your soft-bristled toothbrush can’t handle should be checked by your dentist.
Criss-cross vs Flat Bristle Design
You may have noticed that some bristles are arranged a certain way. The criss-cross pattern of bristles is purely for aesthetic purposes. It is not better or worse when it comes to plaque removal.
Non-Slippery or Simple Grip
Some toothbrushes have no bells and whistles about them, but sometimes design has use. A handle with a strong grip will avoid slips during brushing, ensuring even strokes that won’t accidentally injure your gums.
Disposable or Durable
Keeping your toothbrush for a very long time is unsanitary, and it might be more hygienic to use disposable ones that are also eco-friendly. If this is not an option, changing your toothbrush every three months is a good rule of thumb.
It may be time to splurge for an electric toothbrush. If it’s unavailable for you, choose a manual one with small heads, soft bristles, and a good grip.