It’s time to get a new toothbrush. You drive to the store, walk down the dental aisle, and realize just how many types of toothbrushes are available. Should you get a toothbrush that’s angled? Purchase one with soft bristles? Or invest in a high-tech electronic toothbrush? Learn about the different advantages of the different types of toothbrushes.
Electronic: Is It A Better Brusher?
Electronic toothbrushes come with their own variety of options for gadgets: timers, rechargeable batteries, adjustable power levels, ultrasonic pulses, etc. But do all of these parts make electronic toothbrushes better at cleaning teeth than manual ones?
Except for ones with rotating-oscillating heads, electronic toothbrushes don’t get teeth that much cleaner than manual toothbrushes. However, an electronic toothbrush is a great choice for those with arthritis or poor motor skills.
Angled: A Far Reacher
The angle of the toothbrush may not seem that significant in how clean your teeth get. In part, it isn’t. However, toothbrushes that are angled make it easier to reach and clean the back of your mouth, so there is benefit there.
Soft Bristles: Protecting Your Teeth
The ADA recommends using a toothbrush with soft bristles. This is because too much pressure from brushing can harm tooth enamel and gums. Use a toothbrush with bristles that are 0.15-0.20 mm in diameter.