Of the 6.8 billion people living on the planet, it’s estimated that 4 billion of them use a mobile phone, while only 3.5 billion of them use a toothbrush! That said, you’re hopefully a part of the group that practices good oral hygiene. However, sometimes brushing your teeth can be a little complicated; especially when you consider all the different types of toothbrushes that exist. With so many available options, how are you supposed to know which type is best for your pearly whites? Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about some of the different types of toothbrushes and which one is right for your mouth.
What Types of Toothbrushes Are There?
You might be surprised to learn that toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and customizations. Everyone’s mouth is different, so it makes sense that there’s a wide array of different brushes for dealing with different things. Here are a few of the common ones:
- Manual toothbrushes – These are the tried-and-true brushes that have been used throughout history, and they’ve seen many forms and iterations. Today they often come with soft, medium, or hard bristles and can be different lengths and shapes. They’re easily accessible, affordable, and can effectively clean your teeth.
- Electric toothbrushes – Electric toothbrushes offer greater levels of convenience to their users, as they’re easier to use compared to their manual counterparts and can even clean teeth more effectively. Some brushes have bristles that oscillate back-and-forth while others use vibrating motions.
- Baby toothbrushes – Babies need to have their teeth cared for, too! Baby toothbrushes have large handles and small heads with very soft bristles. They’re designed specifically for an adult to gently use on an infant’s teeth, and they greatly prevent the buildup of plaque on baby teeth.
- Interdental toothbrushes – These brushes aren’t meant to be used on their own; rather, they’re supplemental and should be used alongside your main toothbrush. They can easily reach the sections of your mouth that are normally inaccessible for your normal toothbrush.
- Travel toothbrushes – Travel toothbrushes are meant to be used when you’re on the go and not as a main toothbrush. They’re often much smaller and simpler than your average toothbrush, but they’re still able to accommodate your oral hygiene needs while you’re travelling.
Which Type of Toothbrush Is Right for Me?
At the end of the day, selecting the correct toothbrush will ultimately depend on your own individual needs. If you’d prefer to stay in full control, a manual toothbrush with soft bristles is an excellent option for keeping your teeth pristine without wearing down your enamel. If you’re a fan of letting technology assist you, an electric toothbrush might be your best bet as they make things considerably easier. And if you’re on the go often, you should consider grabbing a travel toothbrush to take with you.
Regardless of which brush you opt for, always be sure to replace it after three months of use or when the bristles begin to wear. If you have specific questions about which toothbrush is suitable for your mouth, your dentist should be able to determine a viable option based on your needs.
About the Practice
Washington Dental Associates proudly serves patients and families in the Bergenfield area under the leadership of four skilled specialists: Dr. Mariliza LaCap, Dr. Darren Tong, Dr. Andres Muñoz, and Dr. Kaitlyn Terry! Together they combine several collective decades of experience to provide patients with an elite level of dental care. Their practice is pleased to offer a wide range of available services including preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry options. If you have any questions about the article or would like to schedule a visit, feel free to contact the practice through their website or by phone: (201) 453-4863.