A toothbrush is one of the things that we all need for maintaining our oral hygiene.
A toothbrush is one of the things that we all need for maintaining our oral hygiene. Though selecting a good toothbrush might sound like an easy task, there are a few things that you should remember while buying one.
Type of bristles
You will find three types of brushes based on the build of the bristles: soft, medium, and hard. For most people, soft brushes are an ideal choice due to their comfort and safety. Medium- and hard-bristled toothbrushes may harm your gums and erode your tooth enamel. Loss of the protective teeth enamel can make your teeth sensitive in the long run.
Type of toothbrush: Manual or electric
A study that compared the effectiveness of manual and electric toothbrushes found no significant difference between the two in cleaning your teeth and protecting the gums. However, for some people, such as those grappling with old age and disabilities (such as arthritis), an electric toothbrush may help them provide ease in cleaning all the areas of teeth. You may use a powered toothbrush with a rotating-oscillating head to help you remove more plaque from your teeth. If you are prone to gingivitis, this kind of toothbrush might be the best for you. Whatever toothbrush you choose, make sure it has a comfortable handle and is easy to use.
Medically Reviewed on 3/26/2021
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