The essential guide to buying a toothbrush

The right toothbrush is the first step towards a bright smile and a future free of tooth and gum problems. This guide will tell you what you need to know to find the best toothbrush for you.

The essential guide to buying a toothbrush

Types of toothbrushes

Manual toothbrush: Cheap and easy to use, the classic manual toothbrush is extremely effective at preventing plaque buildup and cavities when you use a good brushing technique.

Electric toothbrush: Electric toothbrushes add power to the brushing action, and they’re especially useful for anyone lacking manual strength or dexterity or those with arthritis in the hands. This toothbrush takes the work out of brushing for a fast and effective clean.

Travel toothbrush: Manual travel toothbrushes are often smaller than regular ones, and they come with a plastic toothbrush cover or storage box. Battery-operated vibrating versions are also available.

Toothbrush features

Consider which features would improve your brushing experience.

  • Non-slip grip: A non-slip grip can make a toothbrush more comfortable and easier to handle
  • Flexible neck: A flexible neck makes it easier to reach and properly clean the back teeth, which are a problem area for many brushes
  • Tongue cleaner: A tongue cleaner on the back of the brush offers superior hygiene by preventing buildup of bacteria on the tongue
  • Rechargeable batteries: Cord-free electric toothbrushes are rechargeable, saving you money on batteries
  • Charging station: The charging station stays plugged into an electrical outlet so your toothbrush is always ready
  • Pressure control: Some electric toothbrushes offer control over the speed and pressure of the brush
  • Pressure sensor: A sensor lets you know when you are brushing too hard, to avoid damage to your gums
  • Timer: A timer on an electric toothbrush lets you know when you've brushed for the recommended time
  • Case: A sturdy carrying case is ideal if you travel with your toothbrush

Factors to consider when buying a toothbrush

Replacement: A worn out brush cannot clean your teeth properly and could damage gums over time. Make sure you replace your toothbrush regularly or when it looks at all worn.

Bristles: Soft bristles with round edges are best for removing plaque without damaging gum tissue.

Size: Toothbrushes with smaller heads can be better for hard to reach areas such as the back of teeth.

Kid's toothbrush: Child-sized and baby toothbrushes are available. Consider styles that might entice your children to brush regularly.

Technique: Ask your dentist to explain the proper method for cleaning your teeth, and make sure your brush gets into the tricky spots. If you skip this step, it'll hardly matter what brush you use!

Don’t waste time by brushing with a worn out toothbrush. Find the one that helps you do the job best, whether it’s a manual style or an efficient electric design. Consider what features suit you and how much effort you want to put into your daily ritual.

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