Author: Bojana Mumovic
It’s difficult to imagine our life, these days, without a toothbrush. This small thing became a part of our every day life and its purpose is to make this life better. But how do we know that the right toothbrush is used? Most of us buy it automatically, trusting the way they look like. This article will help everyone to make the right choice in choosing a good toothbrush.
To make the understanding easy let us divide all toothbrushes in several categories with their own classifications. Firstly we’ll analyze their size. Here it’s important to choose the toothbrush that will allow you easy access to all surfaces of the teeth.
For most adults, a toothbrush head a half-inch wide and one-inch tall will be the easiest to use and the most effective. Though there are larger toothbrush heads available, you may find that it is difficult to maneuver them to clean certain hard-to-reach areas, such as the sides and backs of your molars. The toothbrush should have a long enough handle so you can comfortably hold it in your hand.
Some specialists say that a toothbrush’s head should be small for good clean to all areas of the mouth, teeth and gums. Being small it will easily make its way to the tiny spaces between your teeth.
Bristle variety is the next category to be described while choosing the best toothbrush. There are three main bristle types: soft, medium and hard, also called firm.
The soft toothbrush offers gentle cleaning for children, the elderly, the infirm, those with braces or other dental fixtures, or oral conditions that may require special consideration. This type of bristle may not provide the level of detail that people with regular teeth will require, but its perfect for those with different dental traumas and gums irritation.
The soft toothbrush is considered the best toothbrush. It is clearly recommended by dentists. However, medium and hard bristles are sold too. A medium brush is good for people of all ages as long as their teeth are in good condition and their mouth is healthy. The bristles have some degree of flexibility, but provide a thorough brushing of all the teeth and oral areas.
The hard toothbrush provides a strong set of bristles for large, sturdy teeth and gums. This brush is geared toward a mouth with significant dental needs. When using this type of brush, it’s important not to overdo the cleaning action, as it may rub enamel from the tooth’s surface or make the gums raw by causing irritation.
Next category divides brushes by the stuff they are made of. Here we have plastic and natural toothbrushes. The first one are well known by everybody and can be found everywhere.
The second, the natural toothbrushes, have lost their popularity because of their cost and material usage. This kind of brushes is made of ecological stuff, like wood. The bristle is sterilized pigs’ hair, in fact. The pigs hair is taken from live animals which are shaved and then the hair is washed and sterilized.
These are considered the best toothbrushes because they don’t contain different chemicals and are absolutely harmless for the environment. However, this type of brushes should be replaced more often because the natural components keep dental bacteria stronger and the brush becomes dirty faster.
Manual and Electric Toothbrush
Next classification divides the toothbrushes into manual and electric. Manual toothbrushes are plain and simple. It does require a little skill to use these brushes, as in knowing where exactly to push it over so as to get the optimum cleaning action around the corners in the mouth.
It was proven that more dental plaque is removed using an electric toothbrush as compared to the amount that could be gleaned out using a manual one. Electric toothbrushes require lesser skill levels when using them. All you have to do is to throw the switch on and let the brush do its work. However, you must know as to how long you must keep it on. Since most people are not really aware of the time they need to keep brushing, some of these electric brushes come with an in built timer which automatically switches itself off after the pre-set time.
The facts are above. Now it’s your time to choose the best toothbrush for yourself. Good luck!About the Author: