There’s always a toothbrush for every particular dental need. Whether it’s heavy-duty brushing or hard-to-reach places, they probably got it. Unfortunately, it’s not common for people to know the different types of toothbrush. Knowing them, however, could significantly affect your oral health for good.
Being aware of the different types might not get you anywhere if you don’t know what you’re looking for. That said, you might want to assess the state of your oral health to make the most out of your choice. Aside from this, you might want to consider other physical constraints, such as limited mobility.
You can categorize the types of toothbrush in different ways. Typically, however, they are sorted by bristles, by size, and by use.
By bristles: soft, medium, firm
This classification is the most commonly known. Whether you’re at a pharmacy or a supermarket, you’ll probably see rows of toothbrushes advertising their bristles. People with tougher gums and more hardened plaque to remove may prefer firmer bristles. However, dentists generally recommend softer bristles to clean up your teeth while preventing injury from over-brushing.
If you’d want to know the difference between toothbrush bristles, here’s a quick lowdown:
- Firm. Firm bristles, as the name implies, are typically harder and more vigorous to brush. Some people might find that firm bristles clean better. But always brushing with them can cause a slew of harmful effects to your gums and teeth. These effects include receding gums.
- Medium. Seen as the intermediary between soft and hard bristles, these types of toothbrushes are a little more flexible than your typical firm bristles.
- Soft. Of the three, this is the choice dentists recommend the most. Not only are they gentle to the teeth, but these bristles are also generally thinner. This thinness makes it easier for them to get into hard-to-reach areas.
By size: small, medium, large
As we learned from a previous article, you can also categorize toothbrushes by size. This categorization becomes more distinct when distinguishing adult toothbrushes from those of children. But these categories can still apply within that distinction.
Kids and adult mouths vary in size, so toothbrush heads are usually scaled to accommodate that difference. They are also crafted with varying grips in mind. You’re sure to find a toothbrush that suits your specifications.
By use: regular, interdental, electric
Aside from bristles and size, you can also group a toothbrush by its use. Of this, we have three types that come to mind:
- Normal. These are the types you make use of the most. They’re also more comfortable to come by and cheaper to purchase.
- Interdental. These toothbrushes have a more specific purpose. If you wear braces, you might have considered using one of these at one point. They’re designed to reach those tight spaces. This range goes from the crevices between your teeth and the gap between your teeth and braces.
- Electric. The priciest of the three, it’s also one of the most convenient for those with limited mobility. It’s also the only automated option, which makes it one of the easiest to use.