Did you know there are hundreds of different types of toothbrushes on the market today!
It can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing the right toothbrush for your dental hygiene.
Here are some easy tips to help break it down and find the right toothbrush for you!
Manual toothbrushes are the oldest types of toothbrushes and feature a hard handle with bristles on one end. Certain manual models may contain a tongue scraper. These toothbrushes are very inexpensive and come in many different colors and designs. They are easy to travel with but can be hard to use for people with arthritis.
Battery powered toothbrushes often contain a large-handled base that can hold two AA batteries. The bristles will vary and some will spin, while others simply move back and forth in a gentle pattern. Another type of battery-powered toothbrush features bottom bristles that are stationary like a manual toothbrush, while the upper bristles will spin in a circular fashion. The battery-powered brush can clean more effectively, but the bulky base may not be comfortable to hold for some users.
Sonic toothbrushes are newer model toothbrushes use sonic power to clean teeth. Instead of spinning or moving in a predetermined pattern, the bristles will vibrate intensely to shake lose any hidden plaque and debris that are hiding between teeth. While other kinds of toothbrushes only will clean where the bristles can touch, sonic power will clean areas that bristles can find. A sonic toothbrush is plugged into a household outlet.
A chewable toothbrush is a small piece of plastic that has bristles on one end. They are used at times when water, toothbrush and toothpaste are not easily accessible. After a meal or simply to freshen your breath, pop in a chewable toothbrush, chew it for a few minutes, spit it out and you should have clean teeth and fresh breath. Remember, Chewable brushes should not be swallowed, and they are not meant to replace regular brushing and flossing.
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