You might not think that choosing the right toothbrush is a decision that really matters but when you consider that we spend more than 1000 hours over a lifetime brushing our teeth it takes on a bit more importance. How you choose your brush will depend on a number of factors, such as how often you’re going to use the brush. Below are some tips on how to make sure you select the right brush for you.
Many of us think that bristles need to be hard to remove substances from teeth but bristles that are too hard can damage your gums and even cause them to recede, leaving the tooth root bare underneath. Softer bristles are kinder to gums and the surfaces of your teeth too.
Most of us need a head size that is around one inch long and around a half inch wide, although this will vary depending on your age and the size of your mouth. The brush should be small enough to be able to get into the nooks and crannies at the back of your mouth and should fit into your mouth without a problem, easily reaching a couple of teeth.
Is electric best?
Yes, for some people electric toothbrushes are essential, for example anyone who needs assistance with brushing as a result of arthritic hands. However, both electric and manual can do an equally good job so it really comes down to a matter of personal choice. If you are going to opt for an electric toothbrush then make sure the handle is easy to hold and look out for other features that will suit the way you brush, such as a timer.
How do you hold your brush?
This will determine the kind of handle that your brush should have. There are no hard and fast rules here – the best way to determine whether the brush handle suits you is simply to hold it and see whether the grip and angle would work for you when it comes to brushing your teeth. If you find a non-slip handle makes brushing better then there are plenty of options.
Many of us tend to hold on to a toothbrush that we like when we find one but it’s important to make sure that you replace the brush on a regular basis. Research has highlighted that a new toothbrush can get right of around a third more plaque than a used one so replace your brush every three months, or at the point when it starts to fray and wear out.