Getting the right toothbrush helps you make the most out of your oral hygiene practice, and can make tooth brushing a more comfortable one for you.
(Toothbrush head) Size matters
The size of the toothbrush head is important in reaching all the places inside your mouth that need to be cleaned. If you have a toothbrush with a head that is too big, you may find it hard to maneuver it to had-to-reach areas; it can even be uncomfortable to use a big-headed toothbrush.
Type of bristles
Soft bristles are generally preferred because they can reach more areas in the mouth, and in between the teeth and the gum line. The softer bristles are also great for those with sensitive teeth and gums.
It is good to test the toothbrush handle, to make sure that it is comfortable in your grip. You don’t want the toothbrush slipping from your hand just when you are in the middle of brushing your teeth – this can cause the toothbrush head to bump painfully against your teeth, gums, or inner cheeks.
Manual or powered toothbrush?
The choice is yours! However, if you are having difficulties holding a toothbrush for more than a few seconds at a time – or if you are uncomfortable with making the repeated brushing strokes – you may want to choose a powered toothbrush.
Ask your dentist for recommendations
Ask your dentist for his or her opinion on what toothbrush will best suit your needs.