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Choosing the right toothbrush

While you’re busy buying all the stuff at a supermarket and when you stop to buy a new toothbrush, you are often confused by the numerous choices of the toothbrush. With so many shapes, sizes, colors, and styles of toothbrushes in the market, deciding which kind to buy can be a difficult task. You may want to buy the toothbrush of your favorite color, or with the new shape and style, you must choose a toothbrush with the correct type of bristle. Understanding the different types of bristles for a toothbrush will make your selection easier and also help you maintain your oral health.

We know that toothbrushes in the market usually have 3 types of bristles: Hard, Medium, Soft. However, these days, there is an extra soft-bristled toothbrush also available at the stores.

Hard bristled toothbrush will help you remove the plaque and food debris. But it has its depreciating effects because it can harm your gums with erosion or slight bleeding. For those who use too much pressure while brushing, a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear off the enamel in some cases. For those using dentures, a hard-bristled toothbrush is the best to use for cleaning the dentures without harming the gums. For these smoking or tobacco stains on their teeth, these toothbrushes will be of complete use only if they take precautions while brushing to prevent bleeding gums.

A medium bristled toothbrush is between hard-bristled and medium bristled, which is useful in cleaning the plaque and food debris, but again it has to be used to care to avoid damage to the gums. However, they are not strong enough to harm the tooth surface.

Soft-bristled toothbrushes are the most recommended by the dentist. They have the same effect of removing the plaque and food debris as that of a hard and medium bristled toothbrush. A positive aspect here is they do not do any harm to gums or the teeth surface. They are the most comfortable toothbrush used by everybody. The soft-bristled brush is advisable for all the age groups. It is only in case of sensitive gums and sensitive teeth; the dentist recommends using a toothbrush with extra-soft bristles.

So the next time we are at a supermarket to buy a new toothbrush, we know which toothbrush to choose from all the given choices.


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