As you walk through the toothbrush section of your supermarket or pharmaceutical clinic, there are a variety of toothbrushes of all different types of shapes and sizes and different functions. Is the toothbrush you are using right now the right one for you? How do you know which toothbrush to buy? This guide will go through the common types of modern toothbrushes to help you pick the right one as knowing what kind of toothbrush to use definitely helps to keep your teeth healthy. Here are some factors you will want to consider the next time you renew your toothbrush:
The size of your toothbrush-head is an important factor to consider as if it is too small, you may not reach the required brushing areas due to the brush not fully covering the surface area of each your teeth. This may cause uneven results or if you are putting effort into cleaning all areas, it would require more brushing effort. Brush-head sizes can vary from 15mm to 25mm and choosing the right size would depend on the size of your teeth, mouth and gums. This may require some trial-and-error.
Brush-head shape plays in conjunction with size and can also be considered as brushes vary from circular to squared designs. Generally, you would want a toothbrush that can access hard-to-reach areas of your mouth and the squared-diamond shaped designs are reported as more effective with reaching further areas such as your molars.
The bristle type is probably the most important factor people consider when choosing a toothbrush as there are tonnes of different combinations of patterns, materials and textures etc.
Firstly, there are a variety of different bristle patterns such as blocks, waves, criss-cross and polishing-cup patterns. Every different pattern is designed and claimed by their respective brands to be effective with plaque removal therefore, you can begin by reading the packaging on how these bristle patterns can help clean your teeth and select one catered to you.
Next, you have the bristle material which is what the bristles are made from. The most common material is nylon which most traditional modern toothbrushes are made of; however, you can find brushes made with natural bristles such as bamboo. Bianco Smile offers bamboo toothbrushes embedded with charcoal infused bristles providing gentle brushes and the charcoal bristles help absorb bad chemicals from your tap water and prevents bad bacterial growth when you are not using the toothbrush. These charcoal bristles also act as a natural deodoriser for bad breath and is made from 100% organic materials to protect the environment.
Finally, you can choose the strength of your bristles from soft to hard bristles. For majority of people, soft-bristled brushes are the most comfortable and safest; however, if you are on the aggressive side of brushing, the medium-hard bristled brushes are available, but keep in mind that brushing too hard can damage your gums and teeth enamel. Bianco Smile bamboo toothbrushes are made with medium-bristles which creates a moderately gentle brush leaving your mouth extra clean and healthy.
Toothbrush Handle Designs
You may also want to consider toothbrush handle designs as these also come in different shapes and sizes. You will want to make sure that the toothbrush is long enough that you are comfortable reaching in deeper areas of your mouth as a shortened handle may have constraints. You will also not want to overlook the neck of the toothbrush. If the neck is too skinny, a plastic toothbrush would often blend backwards as you apply pressure when you brush resulting in ineffective brushing. Be sure to analyse the handles and not just the head when choosing a toothbrush.
A lot of modern toothbrushes include tongue cleaners at the back of the head to help improve brushing convenience and provide freshness of breath. These are just addons and it would be more effective to use an external tongue cleaner as a toothbrush tongue cleaner covers less area of the tongue.
Ultimately, going through all these factors and with so many toothbrushes on the market, attempting to choose the right toothbrush can be very overwhelming. However, with some analysis and a bit of trial and error, once you’ve selected the right one for you, the hard work is only done once and you will not need to do it again until your dental needs change. Just be sure to focus on what really matters, brushing every day and replace your toothbrush by the recommended every 2-3 months.