Manual toothbrushes have been used for centuries. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, including soft, medium, and hard bristle options.
Our dental hygienists recommend that you always choose soft bristles to avoid damage to your gums and enamel.
Manual toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months or sooner if you have been sick or if your bristles are worn or frayed (this can also indicate you are bruising too hard).
Electric toothbrushes have become more popular in recent years. They can be more expensive, but they offer a number of advantages including the ability to effectively remove plaque and food debris with their oscillating or sonic technology. Sonic technology is a feature found in some electric toothbrushes that use high-frequency vibration to remove plaque and food debris. This technology is more effective than traditional oscillating toothbrushes, as it reaches deeper into the crevices between teeth and along the gumline.
Electric toothbrushes often come with a timer, which helps ensure that you brush for the recommended two minutes. If you choose an electric toothbrush, consider features like a rechargeable and/or waterproof model.
Rechargeable toothbrushes can be a convenient option, as they do not require frequent battery replacement. And waterproof toothbrushes can be used in the shower or bath, making them a convenient option for people who want to save time in the morning.
Toothbrush Heads and Features
Toothbrush heads can vary in size, shape, and features. A compact head is beneficial so it can reach more areas in your mouth, while a tongue cleaner or gum massager on the back of the toothbrush head can help improve overall oral hygiene. Some toothbrushes come with replaceable heads, which can be more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than having to replace the entire toothbrush.
The handle on the toothbrush you choose can have a significant effect on your brushing technique and even how long you brush.
Choose a handle that is comfortable, not too big, and consider a non-slip or ergonomic design to keep your handle comfortable and encourage a longer brushing time.