Your teeth are one of the first things people notice about you when you first meet them. Having well looked after white teeth is not only important socially, you also have to look after them because they need to last us our entire lives. Brushing your teeth is the basis to good oral hygiene, but with so many different shapes, sizes and types of toothbrushes available today, from normal to electric and ionic to the sensitive toothbrush – which one should you choose?
Which Toothbrush Should You Use?
Dental professionals agree on several factors when choosing a toothbrush. Firstly, the bristle type is an important part of your decision and generally the consensus is that the soft bristled toothbrush is the best at removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Another aspect of your toothbrush is the head size. The consensus leans towards using a toothbrush with a smaller head, as they reach more parts of your mouth easier, especially towards the back of your mouth. When selecting the grip and handle of a toothbrush (rubberized grips, flexible necks, etc.), it is widely regarded as superficial and you should choose one that is the most comfortable for you to use. In short, the best toothbrush is the one that works best for your mouth and lets you clean and reach all your teeth without struggling.
One last thing to consider is the use of disposable toothbrushes. Disposable toothbrushes tend to be made with harder, courser bristles which doesn’t lend well to brushing, so they should only be used in cases when using your regular toothbrush isn’t an option, like while travelling or in the event you forget your regular toothbrush behind and need a low cost alternative.
What about the Electric Toothbrush?
The electric toothbrush is a step up from the traditional type as it uses battery power to provide an oscillating or rotating toothbrush head, which is designed to clean your teeth better and more efficiently than the manual toothbrush. It can also help those who might not have good manual dexterity or struggle with using a traditional toothbrush. Research does suggest, however, that the electric toothbrush is no more effective than traditional ones when used correctly.
A relative newcomer to the toothbrush market is ionic toothbrushes. Some media reports cite them to be a sales gimmick; however several studies have shown that they produce statistically improved results when using ionic toothbrushes. Ionic toothbrushes work by making plaque and teeth the same polarity so that your teeth repel plaque – the same effect as trying to put two sides of the same polarity magnet next to each other. This means that plaque is worked loose from the tooth and simply brushed away by the brush instead of scrubbed of by the brush.
Hopefully, armed with this new knowledge you can make a more informed decision about which toothbrush you choose when standing in front of the mountain of toothbrush brands and types when you’re next at the store.