Early forms of the toothbrush have been in existence since long in our civilization they called it “chew-stick” or “miswak”.  These chew sticks were rubbed against the teeth to clean the plaque. And now we have toothbrushes.  

There are so many toothbrushes – so how do you decide what’s best…lets know more about it.

Manual Toothbrushes

Hand operated manual toothbrushes are the mainstay of dental care world. 

There are three different types of toothbrushes depending on their type of bristle.

1. Soft

2. Medium

3. Hard

Soft bristles are more appropriate for most of people as harder toothbrush may irritate the gum and even can cause wearing of enamel causing sensitivity.

Conventionally shaped toothbrush heads are rounded or squared, but diamond shaped toothbrushes tend to be better at reaching the backside of your molars.

And several different bristle patterns are effective at cleaning teeth. Common variety includes wavy, criss-cross, tapered. And you can choose what is more comfortable.

Electric Toothbrushes 

Battery operated toothbrushes take the effort out of brushing.  If person have particular condition which restricts movement or problem with grip strength, electric toothbrush can help. Electric toothbrushes are designed to move the head of the toothbrush for you rapidly. You get better clean with less work. Electronic toothbrushes often have one of three motions-

1. Ultrasonic- Many small sonic movements, but in rapid succession

2. Rotational- The head will move around the tooth in a circular manner variety includes wavy, criss-cross, tapered. And you can choose what is more comfortable 

3. Unidirectional- The head will move up and down or side to side 

Electric toothbrushes tend to be more expensive, it gets a better clean but you have to pay a price. Also, if you have children, an electric toothbrush can be cool way to get them brush their teeth. There are a lot of different and colorful models that function as a toy while they are brushing.

You should change your toothbrush regularly more precisely after every 3 month. 

Interdental Brush

Interdental  brushes help to prevent gum disease by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth. They have small bristled head designed to clean between your teeth, and they come in different widths to suit the sizes of the gaps.They are really usefully in orthodontic pt as it can clean under the braces.

Dental floss 

The process of flossing uses a thin piece of string that is passed in between each of the teeth. This string gently scrapes up and down each surface of the tooth to move plaque and food particles off from tooth and out from under the gums. 

Water pick

Water picking is also known as water flossing and is different to traditional flossing. Water picking utilize a special machine that directs a stream of water into the mouth and gums. Rather than scraping the teeth to remove plaque, water flossing uses the pressure of the water to massage the gums and push the food away from the teeth.