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Toothbrush Types: The Choice is Yours

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There are so many toothbrushes out there that the choice can seem overwhelming! Here are some tips to steer you in the direction of your perfect toothbrush.

Head shapes:

• Conventional: Conventional toothbrushes usually look like rectangles and are effective for any tooth surface.

• Diamond: The tips of these toothbrushes are narrower to help you to reach teeth that are further back in your mouth.

Head sizes:

The head sizes of toothbrushes are designed to suit the mouths of different age groups.

• 0-2 years: The smallest toothbrush heads are for your little ones and should be about 15mm long. You should be able to find these easily, as they are usually labelled as children’s toothbrushes and the handles are much smaller than an adult’s.

• 2-6 years: For your slightly older kids, the size of the brush head should be about 19mm.

• 6-12 years: As your children grow older, so do their teeth. When adult teeth replace baby teeth, a brush head size of about 22mm is the best choice.

• 12 + years: Teenagers and adults need the largest brush head size, which is about 25mm.

Bristle types:

• Cup shape: Toothbrushes featuring a cupped shape are made to clean around your teeth.

• Diagonal bristles: Diagonal bristle patterns are for cleaning the sides of your teeth and along your gum line.

• Longer bristles mixed in: Toothbrushes that have long bristles mixed in with the shorter ones are designed to help clean in between your teeth.

• Rubber polishing cup in the middle: These are designed to hold toothpaste and gently remove stains while the bristles around it give the tooth a thorough cleaning.

Handle shape:

• Straight: Conventional toothbrushes have straight handles and are easy to control.

• Angled handle: Handles with an angle help you to clean difficult to reach areas.

• Flexible handle: These can help you to reduce your risk of gum injury because they don’t let you put too much force into your brushing.

• Grip handle: Handles with a grip surface are intended to stop the toothbrush from slipping out of your hand. They can be helpful for children who are still learning to brush their teeth properly and might need a hand keeping their grip on the brush.

All types of toothbrush are effective and you can choose based on what feels comfortable to you. If you’re still in doubt about which toothbrush is going to be your teeth’s best friend, ask your friendly dentist!

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