The bristles can be laid out in a block pattern, a wavy pattern, a multi-level pattern or a crisscross pattern. There are so many choices and claims about those choices, it's hard to know what to use.
How Do You Decide?
The fact is that just about any toothbrush will do the job well, but there are factors that can help you decide which toothbrush is right for you. First, there is your age. Small children have smaller mouths and therefore need toothbrush heads that are smaller. As they grow the size of the toothbrush should grow as well.
The shape and your mouth's size are also considerations. Some people have a large oral cavity and others have a smaller one. Toothbrush heads that are too large will either irritate the gums or, if brushing is adjusted to accommodate the size, some tooth surfaces won't be reached.
The shape of the handle can also make a difference, but is mostly a personal preference. There is no evidence that a toothbrush handle's shape has an impact on the health of your teeth. Its shape can affect the angle at which you brush, which should be 45 degrees. The combination of the brush head and handle shape could affect the angle at which you brush. Try to pay attention to this when you brush and adjust accordingly.
If you have questions or concerns about either the toothbrush you choose or how you brush your teeth contact our office we can help. At your next appointment, bring in your toothbrush and show it to your dentist. They can give you their opinion on whether or not it is the right one for you.