Similarly to toothpaste, you can find hundreds of types of toothbrushes. There are smaller, bigger, softer, stronger, colourful, simple, moveable, ones with polishing heads, cheaper and more expensive. Which one is the best?
Cheaper or more expensive?
Let’s start with finance. Is it true that the more expensive the better? Good news is no or not necessarily. There are expensive ones in very good quality but if you read our blog the positive characteristics are true for the cheaper ones too.
Let’s get started!
Strong vs. soft bristles
Earlier on all toothbrushes had strong bristles. We brushed our teeth thoroughly because we thought that it will make our teeth very clean. Unfortunately, brushing with strong bristles for years resulted in arrow-headed tooth neck wearing which is the base for sensitive teeth and gum recession.
Arrow-headed tooth neck
The answer is evident now: use a soft toothbrush. A few may know that the softer layer of plaque that stuck within the previous hours can be removed with a handkerchief. It is not necessary to apply a strong pressure and to use strong bristles. Moreover, should not apply strong pressure even with using a softer toothbrush as the bristles are able to get to the in between parts of the tooth and clean them perfectly by weaker pressure too.
Small or big head size
Another important aspect is the head of the toothbrush. Generally speaking, the smaller headed toothbrushes are the better ones, simply because it can clean places that are more difficult to reach. Think about the back area of the wisdom tooth.
Straight vs. flexible neck
Today toothbrushes are made by a lot of creative solutions. You have surely seen toothbrushes with flexible, moveable heads. According to the dentists, innovation is not necessary for the toothbrushes as we can control the toothbrushes with fix necks making tooth cleaning more efficient.
Let’s see the bristles!
We have previously mentioned that a softer and smaller headed toothbrush is the better. There are two more things that are important regarding bristles: length and density.
We can find lots of creative solutions in this case too. There are some toothbrushes which have two types of bristles: smaller and longer ones. This is not a good choice because the area on the side of the smaller bristles will not be cleaned as properly as the parts that are cleaned with longer bristles. The differences between sizes will not enhance the efficiency of tooth cleaning.
There are toothbrushes that have smaller bristles and bigger “polishing” parts made of rubber. These are also not more efficient in cleaning the surface of our teeth than the conventional toothbrushes so they are aesthetic but not more efficient.
As regards density, the thicker bristles are the more efficient.
So: what is a good toothbrush like?
All in all, the best toothbrushes are (without reference to brands and prices):
- small headed
- have fixed, straight necks
- have equally long, soft and thick bristles
It is important to change
Besides finding the right type of toothbrush it is important to change it in every two months as the efficiency of the toothbrush can be 30% less after 12 weeks of use. We know that this takes time, energy and money, however, it is crucial of importance in order to keep our teeth healthy (and problematic tooth need more care and more money). It is worth to change your brush frequently, isn’t it?