Toothbrush may seem to be very insignificant item in the grocery list but it is very important to choose the right brush for maintaining optimum oral health. You need to consider many factors such as softness, head size, bristles, grip, manual/ electric, etc when choosing the right brush.
Have you noticed the toothbrushes given by dentists with softer bristles? It is for a reason because hard bristles may seem better for cleaning the plaque but they can damage the gums.
The next thing to consider is head size. Choose the head size which matches the size of the mouth. It goes without saying that adults can choose a bigger head size and a smaller head size is appropriate for children.
You also need to consider the handle of the brush as it should be comfortable enough to hold while brushing your teeth. It should be able to offer the right grip.
The next thing to consider is whether you should choose a manual brush to electronic. There is a lot of debate over the matter. While some electric brushes can do a better job in removing plaque but the decision is up to you. Some people swear by the benefits of electronic brush while others prefer manual brush. The electric brushes can benefit orthodontic patients who are supposed to brush around the braces. It is also helpful for people with dexterity issues and children as they don’t know the right technique to brush and electronic brush will do the needful for them.
No matter which type of toothbrush you choose, it is mandatory to replace it every 3-4 months as the bristles wear off and lose the ability to thoroughly clean your teeth. You should also store the brush in a dry place and if possible place a cap on bristles so that there is no accumulation of bacteria on the bristles. Toothbrushes do the job of cleaning our teeth but they need to be kept clean too.