Choosing a Good Quality Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Currently there exist two types of toothbrushes to choose from, manual where you do all the work or the electric kind which does all the work for you. Dental treatment is usually expensive so it makes a whole lot of sense to focus on good oral hygiene and proper brushing techniques with good quality toothpaste.
Manual toothbrushes are a great choice as brush design is a lot better now than some years ago. Brush heads are small so that all teeth can be brushed easily. Bristles have varying lengths and strengths so a better clean is achieved. The manual toothbrush handle has also changed over the years to designs that make it more comfortable to grip. Obviously manual toothbrushes cost less than their electric counterparts but there are pros and cons to each type.
Electric toothbrushes are a lot more accessible to people these days as the price of these gadgets has dropped over the years. It is possible to purchase an electric toothbrush for under ten dollars but the less expensive of these brushes often aren’t the best.
Using an electric toothbrush is much easier than a manual so this type of brush maybe suited to people who aren’t able-bodied. They might also be a good idea for children who have a poor brushing technique with a manual brush.
The high-end electric toothbrushes have all the bells and whistles such as varying speed and the ability to use interchangeable brush that serve different purposes. It has been shown in studies that the brush head size and shape can have a significant impact on keeping teeth clean.
Brushing with an electric or a manual toothbrush will both yield great results if done correctly and research until now has not shown definitively whether the manual or electric brush is better for removing plaque.
So in the end the decision on choosing the right brush for you comes down to cost, comfort and most importantly how well it cleans your teeth.
The next thing you need to decide on is what toothpaste should you use? There are a lot of poor toothpastes on the market which don’t do a good job of getting your teeth nice and clean and some may even harm the surface of your teeth. Many toothpastes claim to whiten your teeth but may end up staining them so look for warnings about staining as these toothpastes should be avoided.
The best toothpaste would be one that contains natural ingredients which will whiten teeth as well as killing the bacteria in the mouth.
Avoid using toothpastes which use artificial compounds such as saccharin and sodium lauryl sulfate as these can damage teeth, feed bacteria and have a negative effect on health.