Picking the right toothbrush
What brand of toothbrush is best?
Although there are many brands of toothbrushes on the market that all claim to be special in one way or the other, there are actually only a couple of things that really make a difference when you pick your toothbrush: 1) Hardness and 2) size. Different toothbrush brands offer different ranges of hardness and size and it is not possible to say that one brand of toothbrush is better than the other one. It all depends on what kind of toothbrush suits you best.
Although many people think that a hard toothbrush must clean more effectively than a soft one, most dentists or dental hygienists actually recommend a medium soft toothbrush. The reason is that a toothbrush that is too hard can damage your teeth and cause your gum line to recede. On the other hand, a toothbrush that is too soft, might not be able to clean thoroughly enough. If you would like to know whether your toothbrush is effective enough, you can try chewing something that sticks to your teeth in the same way as plaque – e.g. cornflakes or biscuits – and see if you can brush it away. If not, you might need a slightly harder toothbrush.
The size of the toothbrush is important, because a toothbrush where the head is too large might not be able to reach into the narrow spaces – for example in the back of your mouth. This is often the case, when the brushes are too long making the head of the toothbrush too high. With children it is especially important that the toothbrush is not too large. This is one good reason to buy a children's toothbrush which is normally more suitable for the size of your child's mouth.
Electric toothbrushes have not been proven to brush any better or any worse than their manual counterparts. Both an electric and a normal toothbrush can brush your teeth completely clean if you know how to use them properly. Some people prefer an electric toothbrush – especially if they have problems with their hands or shoulders or for other reasons do not have the motor function to handle a normal toothbrush. When brushing on children some parents find it helpful to use an electric toothbrush. Others do not like the electric toothbrush because of the sound it makes or the way it feels in the mouth.
Although there are many different toothbrushes in the market that offer different levels of technology, you will still need to be thorough and regular when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and clean. Picking the right toothbrush is an important part of maintaining good dental health - but it is still only a part.
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