How to choose a toothbrush: selection criteria


A toothbrush is one of the basic items that accompany a person every day. You need to be able to choose it correctly, because the health of the oral cavity and the entire digestive system as a whole depends on the quality of brushing your teeth.

First of all, when choosing a toothbrush, you must not succumb to advertising moves. When buying this personal hygiene item, you can be guided by personal experience, knowledge and, especially, the advice of doctors.

Hardness of the toothbrush

The stiffness of the bristles is the main indicator that you should pay attention to when buying. There are five main measures of toothbrush hardness.

  1. Super tough.
  2. Rigid.
  3. Medium hardness.
  4. Soft.
  5. Super soft.

The first and last types of brushes can only be found in pharmacies and specialized stores. Brushes with increased softness and softness are used if there is a high probability of enamel damage or gum disease due to brushing. This is possible with type 2 diabetes, periodontitis, with thinned enamel, pregnancy. Also, super soft brushes are bought for children during the change of teeth. When using such a brush, you must follow the doctor’s recommendations for brushing technique, otherwise the bristles may become tangled and the brush will become useless.

Super hard brushes are used for frequent coffee drinking, smoking, increased plaque formation, and metal structures in the oral cavity, which are a place where food clumps and bacteria accumulate. Such brushes can easily damage the enamel, make it sensitive to temperature and acids, so dentists recommend using super hard brushes only in special cases.

Brushes of medium hardness are the most common and are used in the absence of diseases of the oral cavity. But if you want to use such a brush, you need to consult a dentist.

The role of the size and shape of bristles in the prevention of oral diseases

Previously, all the bristles on a toothbrush were the same size. But in the course of numerous experiments, it was found that with bristles of equal length, toothbrushing is ineffective, since the anatomical structure of the jaw is not taken into account. Today, most toothbrush manufacturers make bristles of different lengths, which allows you to remove plaque even in the most inaccessible places.

The bristles are pointed, rounded and blunt in shape. The pointed edges of the bristles effectively remove plaque, but can damage tooth enamel, and the rounded bristles with a blunt edge massage the gums well.

A properly selected brush will make the process of brushing your teeth a pleasant and most useful procedure.

How to choose a toothbrush

Published on 01/11/2016 03:02 PM, updated on 12/13/2019 11:43 AM

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