How to choose a toothbrush?
When it comes to oral health, the toothbrush is arguably the most important tool. But with all of the different brands and types on the market, how do you know which one to buy? In this post, we’ll give you a guide to choosing the right toothbrush for your needs. Keep reading to learn more!
Functions of Toothbrushes
The toothbrush is the main tool used to loosen plaque and remove plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar, which can lead to cavities and gum disease, as well as other dental health problems. American dental association recommend people brushing teeth twice a day with proper brushing technique and floss once a day with a fluoride toothpaste for adults or children above five.
Types of Toothbrushes – Electric and Manual Toothbrushes
A manual toothbrush is the most basic type of toothbrush. It typically has nylon bristles that are angled in order to reach all surfaces of the teeth. Manual toothbrushes are effective at removing plaque and bacteria, but they require a bit more effort to use than electronic toothbrushes.
When choosing a manual brush, it is important to select one with a comfortable handle that will not slip out of your hand while brushing. The head of the brush should be small enough to reach all areas of your mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. Manual brushes with angled heads or angled bristles can often help with this.
An electric toothbrush (powered toothbrush) is a powered version of a manual toothbrush. The bristles on an electric toothbrush rotate or vibrate in order to clean the teeth more effectively. Electric toothbrushes are a good choice for people who have trouble brushing their teeth properly, as they can make the process easier.
If you are considering an electronic toothbrush, there are a few things to keep in mind. Firstly, electronic toothbrushes can be more expensive than manual toothbrushes. Secondly, they require batteries or charging in order to work, so you’ll need to make sure you have a reliable power source. Finally, some people find electric toothbrushes to be too powerful or noisy. If this is a concern, look for an electric toothbrush with adjustable settings.
Types of Toothbrush Bristles
When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, the type of bristle is also important to consider. There are two main types of bristles: soft and hard.
Soft bristles are typically made from nylon or other synthetic materials. Soft bristles are designed to be gentle on the gums and tooth surfaces, and Soft bristled brush is effective at removing plaque and bacteria. American Dental Association (ADA) recommends people to use a soft bristled toothbrush to prevent gum recession.
Medium or Hard bristles
Medium or Hard bristles are often made from stiffer materials. They can be effective at removing plaque and bacteria, but they are also more likely to damage the gums, cause gum recession and sensitive teeth. As a result, medium and hard bristled toothbrushes are not recommended by dental professionals.
The next thing to consider is the size and shape of the brush head. Manual brushed come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so you can find one that’s comfortable for you to use. Electronic toothbrushes usually have a standard-sized small head.
The size of the brush head is important because you want to make sure that it can reach all of your teeth, including those in the back of your mouth. If you have trouble reaching all of your teeth with a manual toothbrush, you may want to try an electric toothbrush (powered toothbrush) with a smaller head.
How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. You should replace your electronic toothbrush head every six months, or sooner if the bristles start to look frayed. In addition, you should always use a new toothbrush after you’ve been sick, as bacteria can linger on the bristles.
– Generally, cost between $2 and $10.
– You can find manual toothbrushes with a variety of features, such as ergonomic handles, different bristle types, and bristles that are angled or shaped in a certain way.
– Some manual toothbrushes come with a tongue scraper or other built-in features.
– Generally, electronic toothbrushes cost between $25 and $200.
– You can find electric toothbrushes with a variety of features, such as different head sizes, rechargeable batteries, and timers.
– Some electric toothbrushes come with a tongue scraper or other built-in features.
– Some electric toothbrushes can be used with a water flosser (a device that uses water pressure to clean between the teeth).
– Rinse your manual toothbrush in water after each use.
– Store your manual toothbrush in an upright position to allow it to air-dry.
– Do not share your manual toothbrush with anyone else.
– Replace your manual toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
– Rinse your powered toothbrushes heads in water after each use.
– Store your powered toothbrushes in an upright position to allow it to air-dry.
– Do not share your electronic toothbrush with anyone else.
– Replace your electronic toothbrush head every six months, or sooner if the bristles start to look frayed.
– If you have an electric toothbrush with a rechargeable battery, charge the battery according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
– Some electric toothbrushes come with a travel case. If yours did, use it to store your toothbrush when you’re traveling.
Oral-B vs Sonicare
When it comes to choosing an electric toothbrush, two of the most popular brands are Oral-B and Sonicare. So, which one is right for you? Which one is better?
There is no easy answer when it comes to choosing between Oral-B and Sonicare. Both brands offer a variety of toothbrushes with different features, and both are effective at removing plaque and bacteria. However, there are some key differences that you may want to consider before making a decision.
Oral-B uses rotation oscillation and pulsing motions to clean teeth, while Sonicare employs sonic technology. Both methods are effective at cleaning the teeth and removing plaque and bacteria.
Oral-B toothbrushes tend to be more affordable than Sonicare toothbrushes. However, Sonicare offers a wider variety of features, such as different brush head sizes, rechargeable batteries, and built-in timer.
When it comes to toothbrush care, both brands recommend rinsing the brush heads in water after each use and storing the brushes in an upright position to air-dry. Oral-B recommends replacing the brush head every three to four months, while Sonicare suggests replacing the brush head every six months.
Ultimately, the best toothbrush for you is the one that works best for your specific needs and budget. If you’re looking for an affordable toothbrush with basic features, Oral-B may be a good option. If you’re looking for a more feature-rich toothbrush, Sonicare may be a better choice. Feel free to ask our dentist about what will the best toothbrush for your specific needs.
Here’s a quick overview of the key differences between Oral-B and Sonicare:
-Oral-B electronic toothbrush has a round head shape. Sonicare has a oval head shape.
– Sonicare uses sonic technology to clean teeth, while Oral-B uses oscillation, rotating and pulsing.
– Oral-B toothbrushes are cheaper than Sonicare generally speaking.
– Sonicare toothbrushes tend to be quieter than Oral-B toothbrushes.
– Oral-B toothbrushes usually have a smaller brush head than Sonicare toothbrushes.
So, what toothbrush do you normally use? Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments below! And if you’re still not sure which type of toothbrush is best for you, be sure to book an appointment with our team at 360 Family Dental. We would be more than happy to help you find the perfect brush for your needs and teach you how to properly brush your teeth. Thanks for reading!