Choosing the right toothbrush

It is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. But with what type of toothbrush? Our advice to make the choice that suits you.

MANUAL OR ELECTRIC MODEL, WHICH IS BETTER?

The manual brush can be sufficient if you know how to brush your teeth by making roller movements while brushing “from red to white”, for the two minutes recommended. The main advantage is its low price. Besides, it never runs out of battery and can easily be taken on a trip. However, its effectiveness is less good.

WHAT TYPES OF HAIR DO YOU PREFER?

For people without any particular pathology, it is recommended to use flexible brushes, with a very fine filament diameter, of the order of 20 hundredths of a millimetre. The hard brushes cause abrasion of the teeth and retraction of the gums which can lead to dental and cosmetic problems.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF AN ELECTRIC BRUSH?

For the same brushing time, the electric brush removes more dental plaque than the manual brush. It works alone and therefore requires less effort. Some brushes are also equipped with a timer which makes it easier to respect the two minutes of brushing. For children from 7-8 years old, it can be easier to use, because their manual dexterity is less good than that of adults.

WHAT ARE ITS DISADVANTAGES?

The electric brush is more expensive to buy. The vibration can also put off some people and the need to recharge it can be a problem when moving. Also, an electric brush is often a little heavier than a manual brush because of its battery, which can be annoying for some elderly people. However, the larger size of the handle generally allows a better grip.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ELECTRIC BRUSHES?

The first carried out a vertical movement back and forth. With their tilt-and-turn movement, the new ones are more efficient: the round brush head rotates on its axis while adding a back-and-forth movement in three dimensions, which eliminates more dental plaque. There are also “sonic” brushes, which create vibrations, but their effectiveness has not yet been sufficiently studied. Specialists recommend avoiding “low-end”, battery-powered, less efficient brushes.

WHAT MODELS TO CHOOSE FOR CHILDREN?

Better to choose a manual brush with soft bristles which can be used from 12 months, without toothpaste, once a day. The “junior” brushes, manual or electric, have a small head, adapted to the size of the child’s mouth. From 7-8 years, the “playful” side of electric brushes can help the child find the brushing shorter, for example by playing a little music.

ARE THERE BRUSHES FOR CERTAIN SITUATIONS?

-During pregnancy, the risk of gum inflammation is higher due to hormonal changes. A finer brush with bristles of 15 hundredths of an mm can be used if the gums bleed or are swollen and painful.

-After dental surgery, dentists prescribe brushes with even finer bristles (7 hundredths of an mm). Very soft, they allow you to brush your teeth without pain. Then, a brush of 15 hundredths can be used on the painful gums and then we return to the normal brush.

-In the case of dental hypersensitivity, the Oral B electric brush with a sensitive brush head or a manual brush with very fine filaments is recommended. But they should only be used for a limited time as they are insufficient for a good brushing.

-For wearers of orthodontic appliances, you can use the same as above or special brushes, with specific bristles to pass between the rings.

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