ToothbrushTalk – Choosing The Best Brush

Choosing the best toothbrush for your mouth is a very individual and personal decision. However, with such a wide variety of toothbrushes available on the market, it can be difficult to make am informed decision. Take the following ToothbrushTalk factors into consideration:

1. Hardness

This should be the primary factor that affects your choice. Soft brushes are ideal for babies, toddlers and young children. People with sensitive teeth and gums may also prefer a soft toothbrush. Medium toothbrushes are the most popular among women and harder brushes for men. If your gums are bleeding or sore after brushing, the brush is too hard.

2. Bristle Length And Width

Ideally, bristles should not be too long as they will simply bend instead of cleaning the surface of the teeth. Shorter bristles may lead to the base of the brush touching the teeth. Thin bristles are more likely to get in between the teeth whereas thicker bristles will give the tooth surface a better scrub.

3. Tongue Cleaner

Many toothbrushes now have tongue cleaners in the form of rubber bristles or inserts that are ideal for scrubbing the tongue. Cleaning the tongue is an important part of brushing. However, it is recommended to use a brush that has a tongue cleaner on the back or separately rather than as part of the actual brush.

4. Unique Requirements

People who have dentures, plates, bridges or crowns may require specialized brushes to clean them properly. These brushes are available in most supermarkets and pharmacies but can be obtained from a dentist.

But it isn’t just the type of brush that is important but the technique that is used to brush your teeth. Ask your dentist about the correct technique and use the above ToothbrushTalk guide to ensure that your mouth is getting optimal oral hygiene.