Good toothpaste alone will do no good to your teeth. A good toothbrush is equally important to maximize the benefits of brushing. And with so many shapes, sizes and styles of toothbrushes on the market, deciding which kind to buy can be confusing.

Colgate is always there to help you choose the right toothbrush for good oral hygiene. There are certain characteristics that you should look for in whatever toothbrush you choose, regardless of whether it is manual or powered. Here’s what you should look for:-

Bristle variety-Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. A soft bristled brush protects the gums, root surface and the delicate tooth enamel. Some people prefer rubber cups in-between bristles for effective cleaning. There are many kinds of bristles in the market like rippled, flat and dome shaped choose the one that is most comfortable to you. Multi height bristles toothbrushes are also available in the market that helps you clean your mouth better with bristles that reach every corner of your mouth. For even more tooth protection when you brush, be sure the bristles on the toothbrush you select have rounded tips.

Size- Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth such as the sides and backs of your molars. For most adults, a toothbrush head a half-inch wide and one-inch tall will be the easiest to use and the most effective. The shape of the head actually makes no difference; it’s the size of the head that is important.

Handle-The toothbrush should have a long enough handle so you can comfortably hold it in your hand. Type of handle such as non-slip grip or flexible neck can be chosen as per convenience. The grip of the toothbrush play an important factor when you choose one because a comfortable grip will make your brushing process effective.For example a rubber grip makes the brush easy to hold and is flexible when you brush your back molars.Choosing a handle that feels comfortable in your hand will actual improve your ability to clean your teeth. There are brushes that have tongue to cheek cleaner on the other side of the bristles to clean the tongue and cheeks which are otherwise hard to reach.

Powered or manual– This is the lazy man’s way of brushing.If some condition limits your dexterity you might want to invest in an electric toothbrush. They are expensive, but they do give you a good scrub. Electric toothbrushes effortlessly loosen and dispense plaque with high frequency micro-movements. Also battery brushes offer superior cleaning experience in many ways. Like they have set timers that controls the time of brushing. Also it is nearly impossible to brush really hard with an electric brush as its not actually you brushing. Electric toothbrushes are effective, easy to use and convenient.

Colgate 360  – We have special unique brushes that have cheek and tongue cleaners located on the back of the toothbrush head that removes 96% more germs. It also has specially tapered bristles ,a cleaning tip and dentist-like polishing cups that remove plaque and stains. There is a wide range of brushes like Actiflex, sensitive pro-relief etc. to choose from.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Replace your toothbrush when the bristles start splaying or bending, or every three months, whichever comes first .Doing this will ensure the quality of the bristles and their effectiveness of removing plaque from your teeth. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold or any contagious disease, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection. Store your toothbrush in a place where it will dry quickly. Don’t store it in a toothbrush box, or in water after you have finished brushing. This will help it last longer.

Choosing the right toothbrush is the first step to oral care. Everyone knows brushing is important but still many people have poor oral hygiene because they choose the wrong toothbrush. Follow the steps above when you go shopping for your toothbrush next time and keep oral problems away.

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