What makes a good toothbrush

What is a good toothbrush?

Both manual and electric toothbrushes are suitable for cleaning teeth. The advantage of manual toothbrushes is very clear: they can serve their purpose anywhere. You can take you with you on a camping holiday, to the office - and theoretically you could even brush your teeth on the go.

Quality features of a manual toothbrush

But what should you look out for with a manual toothbrush? In principle, it is very easy to find a good toothbrush. You don't have to recommend product names or manufacturers. It is much more important that the toothbrush a) has a flat, rounded bristle field and b) is equipped with a clearly arranged, large cleaning field, because we ideally clean our teeth individually. Every quality toothbrush meets these requirements

Hard, soft or medium hard?

Of course, you can also pay attention to other features. If the gums have already receded and the tooth necks are exposed, a toothbrush with soft bristles is a good choice. It is much gentler on the gums than a toothbrush with hard bristles. The disadvantage: their cleaning power is not very high. Hard bristles clean the teeth from plaque much better than soft bristles. However, they in turn also harbor a higher risk of injury to the gums. Toothbrushes with medium-hard bristles are therefore a compromise between the two forms.

The right cleaning technique is decisive

But whether soft, hard or medium-hard toothbrushes - in the end it all depends on the right brushing technique. So you should brush from red to white and guide the long bristles of the toothbrush through the spaces between the teeth. You are also right if you only use light forces. If you press the toothbrush too hard instead, the gums can be permanently damaged and, in the worst case, recede. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles is gentler on the gums. The lower cleaning performance can in turn be compensated for by particularly thorough cleaning.

Electric toothbrushes should oscillate and pump

Electric toothbrushes usually have a small, round brush head that, in the best case scenario, moves in three directions, i.e. both oscillates and pumps. He usually does this several thousand times a minute.

Even if electric toothbrushes are not so easy to use everywhere - after all, you are always dependent on electricity - you have a big advantage: With the much smaller brush head, the teeth can be brushed individually. You can even reach places that are otherwise difficult to clean, for example the back molars or the spaces between the teeth.

Nevertheless, the following applies: With the right brushing technique, you can also achieve similarly good results with a manual toothbrush. So, let's get on your toothbrush!