A toothbrush is the primary weapon in the fight against tooth decay. With so many different brushes on the market, how can you know which one is the best choice for you? Here are a few tips that can help you to find the right toothbrush for you.

Manual or Electric?

Many dentists recommend electric toothbrushes. The reason for this recommendation is that an electric toothbrush can vibrate much more rapidly than it is possible to achieve with a manual brush, which means that the bristles take more strokes across the tooth. This can result in better removal of plaque. Electric toothbrushes also contain timers to let you know when to move on to brushing the next section of your mouth and when you have brushed for long enough.

However, some people dislike using an electric toothbrush. Keeping one charged can also be difficult if you travel a lot. Manual brushes are still an acceptable option, as long as you ensure that you brush the surface of every tooth thoroughly.

Soft or Harder Bristles?

Dentists usually recommend using a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Some manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads are extra soft and designed to be used by people who have sensitive teeth and gums. There are also toothbrushes that have firmer bristles in a variety of lengths. These are useful for reaching between teeth to remove plaque in a manner similar to flossing.

Whatever kind of bristles your toothbrush has, it is important not to press too hard when brushing your teeth, as excessive pressure can damage tooth enamel. Hold the handle of the brush between your fingers rather than in your fist to prevent yourself from using too much force.

Specialist Brush Heads?

Many electric toothbrush manufacturers offer a range of brush heads to meet individual oral health needs. If you are prone to gum inflammation, you might like to consider using floss action or interdental cleaning brush heads, which help to prevent the buildup of tartar. However, these brush heads do not remove the need to floss using string floss or a floss pick.

Specialist orthodontic brush heads are useful when you have braces. These brush heads are designed to clean between and around the wires and brackets of braces.

Replacing Your Toothbrush?

Dentists recommend that you replace your toothbrush or brush head when the bristles start to appear splayed or discoloured. Old toothbrushes do not give as good a clean, so be sure to check yours regularly. Contact a dentist for more information.