How to choose the correct toothbrush?

Using the correct toothbrush can make a big difference in your oral health. If you go to any supermarket, you will find that there is a large variety. They all differ in the brand, price, design, soft and hard bristles and some are battery operated. With all these options, selecting the best option for your needs can be confusing.  Most of us will settle with the most affordable or the popular choice.

When selecting the right option for you, you need to think about the structure of your mouth in, not just your teeth. Remember that cost is closely related to the features and brand of the toothbrush. Based on your experience brushing your teeth, you should be able to figure out what might work best for you. For example, if you often find yourself with bruises on your gums, you might need to opt for a toothbrush with softer bristles.  

However, sometimes it is not the toothbrush that is causing you problems but rather the technique you are using when brushing your teeth. Most people were never taught how to brush teeth correctly.  Using the wrong toothbrush can cause more serious oral problems in the future like infections from small injuries. You can ask for a demonstration from your dentist if you keep running into similar problems.

Specialised types of toothbrush heads

There are some oral hygiene brands have designed toothbrushes for specific needs. Despite their higher price tag, they have made the selection process more comfortable and faster for you. Using the correct toothbrush will save you money that would be spent on treatments to rescue your teeth in the future.

Some options include:

  • Sensitive clean: Made with extra-soft bristles which are more gentle on oral tissue.  
  • Floss action: This toothbrush head has extra thin bristles that can reach between teeth and the gum line.
  • Precision clean: The brush head is designed to clean your teeth individually, this brush head is usually attached to an electric toothbrush.
  • Ortho: The bristles on the brush head are structured to be flexible enough to manoeuvre around braces.   
  • Kids: These brushes are structured to fit little mouths and have handles that are adjusted for a child.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

Depending on which toothbrush you use, you may be able to replace the head. Otherwise, you will need to purchase a whole new toothbrush. The general rule for the replacement is every three months or when it begins to wear out. Either option works, but some people may prefer to replace it more often depending on how they care for the toothbrush. For example, if your toothbrush is stored safely in a toothbrush case after every brush, you may not feel the need to replace it as often compared to someone who keeps their toothbrush in less sterile conditions.

There is not one specific toothbrush that has been proven to be the most effective. Different toothbrushes are marketed to various groups of people with different needs and preferences. Dental visits are still an essential part of oral health care. The best time to get recommendations on which toothbrush to use is when you have your bi-annual dental check-up, so take advantage of the opportunity.