There are many different types of toothbrush on the market. Knowing what to buy can be confusing. Here’s what to look for:
Most dental professionals agree soft-bristled brushes are best for removing plaque and debris from teeth and along the gum line. Small-headed soft bristled toothbrushes are preferable. They can reach all areas of the mouth – including hard-to-reach back teeth.
Pick the shape and size most comfortable for you. The best toothbrush is one that fits your mouth and allows you to reach all teeth easily.
A powered toothbrush can be a good alternative,it may be better for those who have difficulty brushing or have limited manual dexterity.
Replace your toothbrush as soon as it shows wear or every three months (whichever comes first).
Your child’s toothbrush is important, because the wrong type can damage the gums. Children should always use toothbrushes with soft nylon bristles, and infants should always have small toothbrushes. As your child grows, choose a toothbrush that fits easily in the mouth and brush one or two teeth at a time. Make sure your child's toothbrush reaches all their teeth.
Powered toothbrushes are fun and can remove more plaque than normal toothbrushes – plus make brushing easier, but you don’t have to run out and buy one, regular toothbrushes work just fine.