Have you ever wondered how to choose the right tooth brush? What is the ideal toothbrush for you? Here are important tips regarding selection of proper tooth brush.

Basically, there are two main types of toothbrushes 

Manual toothbrush : Regular kinds that don't contain batteries

Powered toothbrush : Contain batteries; expensive than manual toothbrush. Powered toothbrush is useful for people with dexterity problems. For example, children, the elderly and people with disabilities, people who wear dental appliances, etc.

Most crucial factors to consider when choosing a manual toothbrush

1) Bristles: Depending upon degree of softness, there are 5 types -

  • Extra Soft
  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Hard
  • Extra Hard

Choose a soft -bristled toothbrush which is the most comfortable, and the safest for both gums and teeth. A medium-bristled or hard-bristled toothbrush can cause irreversible damage to the gums and remove the protective enamel of teeth, particularly if you brush vigorously.

2) Head: Choose a small or compact-headed toothbrush which can reach hard-to-access areas such as the back of your teeth and the sides of your molars.

3) Handle: Ensure your toothbrush handle fits comfortably in your hand and doesn’t slip. You don’t want to injure your mouth. You can choose toothbrush which provides you proper grip and flexibility. 

Choosing the best toothbrush for children

Children needs a toothbrush with a small head that fits comfortably into a tiny mouth, with thicker handle for a better grip and greater control.

Picking out a brightly coloured and fun-looking toothbrush goes a long way to encourage your child to use it regularly. Some brushes may feature cartoon characters, and others even play music that helps your child know how long to brush. 

You should always help young children to brush their teeth. 

Children who dislike brushing their teeth may enjoy a powered one better.

 Follow the below tips to properly maintain your toothbrush

1) Replace your toothbrush regularly: You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first.Remember always to replace your toothbrush after an illness.

2) Never share your toothbrush.

3) Always rinse your toothbrush: Rinse your toothbrush well with tap water after you brush. You need to ensure that you completely remove remaining debris and toothpaste.

4) Allow your toothbrush to dry naturally: Always store your toothbrush in an upright position and allow it to air dry after use. Circulating air helps prevent your brush from growing bacteria in a wet, enclosed environment.

5) Never regularly store toothbrushes in closed containers: Using a toothbrush cover is okay if you need to store your toothbrush when you’re on vacation for a few days. You should never do this routinely though as a moist environment is perfect for microorganisms to grow.