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How to Choose a Toothbrush?

Among the modern range of toothbrushes, it is easy to get confused. In most cases, a toothbrush is chosen according to the following principles: a pleasant color, a suitable price, advertisements. The choice of a toothbrush takes less than five minutes. But choosing the wrong toothbrush can damage the health of the oral cavity. So how do you choose a proper toothbrush?

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Degree of Rigidity

Degree of Rigidity

Very Soft Toothbrushes
Intended for children and adults with gum diseases and hard tissue of the teeth. Such diseases include periodontitis with tooth mobility of I and II degrees, non-carious lesions of the enamel when the enamel is not fully developed or completely absent. Only a cosmetic dentist can recommend using a very soft toothbrush.

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Soft Toothbrush

Intended people with bleeding gums, pregnant and lactating women, and people with diabetes. It is unacceptable to use a soft toothbrush in combination with careless and improper brushing. When you have bleeding gums, you must use a certain way of brushing your teeth and often using specialized toothbrushes.

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Medium Hardness Toothbrush

This toothbrush is the most popular and is used by most of the adult population. To use such a toothbrush you need to have a relatively healthy oral cavity.

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Hard Toothbrush

Recommended for smokers, coffee lovers and people with increased formation of plaque. Dentists advise this type of brush for people with a healthy oral cavity and strong tooth enamel.

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Super-Hard Toothbrushes

This type of specialized brushes, which is most often used when cleaning full dentures, in the presence in the oral cavity of fixed bridges and braces.

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Bristles

Distinguish between brushes with natural and artificial bristles. At the moment, it is scientifically proven that the use of toothbrushes with natural bristles is harmful, as it absorbs water and creates excellent conditions for the development of pathogens. The use of toothbrushes with artificial bristles is recommended by dentists.

All the bristles are treated appropriately, the tips are rounded and are not able to cause microtrauma of the enamel and the dental mucosa. The main material used for the production of bristles is nylon. All bristles are collected in bunches, and bunches are distributed on the working surface.

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Keep in Mind

When choosing a toothbrush, it is necessary to pay attention to the length of the working part, ideally, it should simultaneously capture the tooth segment (2-2.5 teeth), it is thanks to this condition that the best cleaning effect of the chewing teeth group is achieved.

The working part of the toothbrush - the head, should be rounded to reduce the risk of injury to the delicate oral mucosa. The back of the head should be made of soft material, ideally with a rough surface. Due to this, the removal of microorganisms occurs not only from the teeth and interdental spaces but also from the oral mucosa.

The junction of the head and the handle of the toothbrush should be movable. Due to the springing effect, the pressure on the hard and soft tissues in the oral cavity is adjusted and the risk of injury is reduced. For convenience, the handle should be thick and with rubberized inserts - so it will not slide in your hand when brushing your teeth.

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Electric Brushes

Initially, electric toothbrushes were invented for people with disabilities and later migrated to the general mass. Modern electric brushes work on a battery, they are compact and have several removable working heads that are sold in the kit. More expensive models run on a battery that can be recharged.

To facilitate teeth cleaning, electric toothbrushes are equipped with a pressure sensor, which protects teeth and gums from microtraumas, and a timer that alerts you to the end of the tooth brushing routine. The availability of cleaning regimes depends on the price, usually two. But, as practice shows, in most cases, only one optimal tooth brushing mode is used.

The drawback of an electric toothbrush is its bristle, it is almost always medium hard, and it is very difficult to find soft bristle tips that people need with problematic gums. In addition, dentists do not recommend using electric toothbrushes for people with gum issues.