Unless you’re a dental professional, odds are you don’t give much thought to the type of toothbrush you use. After all, a toothbrush is a toothbrush…right? Well, not exactly. In fact, there’s ample evidence to suggest that the right brush can improve your oral hygiene in no time.
What to look for
Most people buy toothbrushes out of habit, not out of need. They might stick with the same brand, even the same model for years on end just because it’s the one they’ve always used. But if you have poor oral hygiene, chances are your brush is at least partly to blame; in other words, it’s time for a change!
It might seem counterintuitive, but softer bristles generally make for better toothbrushes. The reason? Tough bristles irritate the lips and gums, making it less likely that you will brush. They also shorten brushing times, since they are uncomfortable to use. A brush with soft bristles, on the other hand, will remove dental plaque just like the other brush, but it won’t irritate sensitive areas.
Get a head count
If you have a small mouth, chances are you’re using the wrong toothbrush, one with too large a head. This makes it much more difficult to clean hard-to-reach areas without irritating sensitive ones, which is why you should always match the head size of your brush to your mouth size.
Get a handle on it
Brush makers have been using colorful, elaborate looking handles to sell their wares for years now. But as a buyer, all you really need is a brush that feels good in your hand and is easy to manipulate.