How to buy a toothbrush.

Every three to four months you must be investing in a new toothbrush as usual but have you ever thought about purchasing a toothbrush that is the perfect fit for you? Mostly, when buying a toothbrush, you look at the color, price, and brand, unfortunately, these factors are not those of prime importance. 

Just continue reading this guide on how to select the perfect toothbrush that will help in improving your oral hygiene.

Factors to consider before you buy a toothbrush: –

Some of the features you might overlook when purchasing a toothbrush include; bristle type, dimensions of the toothbrush head, design functionality (ergonomics), handle design, and whether the toothbrush is electric or manual.

Electronic toothbrushes have gained popularity due to their effective cleaning, ease of operation, and functional design. Numerous times you are too exhausted to brush thoroughly and this eventually leads to plaque buildup. The consistency in cleaning that is shown by electronic brushes and their ability to thoroughly clean the inner orifices of the teeth and gums can make them your preferred choice as well. 

Types of toothbrushes available: –

Manual toothbrush: 

This toothbrush is most commonly found in every household; however, it is not powered electrically and its functionality depends on how you brush. You control the speed and frequency of how and where you brush your teeth which prevents the excessive application of pressure that can be damaging to your gums and teeth. 

The primary features taken into account for these brushes include the pattern, size, and hardness of the bristles, handle design, and head shape. These are also cost-effective but the cleaning effectivity majorly depends on your method of brushing. 

Electronic toothbrush: 

These brushes are battery-operated or chargeable and require minimal input from you. The head of the brush oscillates and rotates to give you the same experience as manual brushing and reaches the innermost crevices of your teeth.

Electronic brushes have been seen to have a more thorough cleaning operation due to their consistency and deeper reach. This enables it to remove plaque more efficiently and give you better oral hygiene. Such toothbrushes are further divided based on the speeds they move at: 

Rotating toothbrush: The small circular brush head rotates and pulsates at a high speed, reaching all the nooks and crannies, ultimately, improving your dental hygiene. If you are unable to reach the inner molars this might be the right fit for you.

Sonic toothbrush: This toothbrush mimics the movement of a manual toothbrush effectively, without the effort required when using a manual brush. If you are a fan of manual toothbrushes but lack consistency then this should be your choice. 

Inter-dental toothbrush: It is a small disposable brush that is used for gaps between your teeth, especially for braces. Usually, they are used in combination with your normal brushing routine. Looking for a thorough cleaning, these brushes might be your new best friend. 

Sulcabrush: –

These brushes are specially designed, the arrow-shaped arrangement of the bristles, caters to your gum line next to your teeth. If you have crowned teeth then this brush will help improve your dental hygiene. 

End-tuft toothbrush: –

The soft nylon bristles placed together and ergonomic design for improved grip will help you reach into the tighter places of your mouth like your wisdom teeth, implants, crowned teeth, and braces. 

Chewable toothbrush: –

These single-use toothbrushes are usually used by travelers due to their miniature size and ease of access. You just place it in your mouth and then discard it when you are done.

Ecological toothbrush: –

As the name suggests, these brushes are made from eco-friendly materials and they aim to reduce the plastic waste generated. However, more varieties are needed so that people can switch over from the usual toothbrushes. 

What to always look for in a toothbrush?

Choosing the right toothbrush is key to having hygienic oral care. All the toothbrushes have a life of 3-4 months and you should change accordingly.

Furthermore, you should always go for a soft-bristled brush as tough bristles can greatly harm your teeth and gums. The size of the brush head should be small enough to fit into the tight corners of your mouth for better accessibility and consistent brushing twice a day is mandatory.

Seeing so many different types of brushes can be confusing but you should always go for the brush that you are the most comfortable with. In addition to that, different brushes cater to different teeth so you should choose accordingly and decide which brush gives you the best results.

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