Have you ever looked at the variety of shapes there are on the heads of toothbrushes at your local drug store? There are round, diamond, oblong, oval, triangular, and more shapes at your disposal.
Why are there so many different shapes? Most of the shape controversy can be solved by the different brands. Each brand believes that its specific shape cleans better than the others. Is there any truth to it?
The Differences Between the Different Toothbrush HeadsToothbrushes that are hexagons are typically ones that contain criss-cross bristles. These are meant as a jack-of-all-trades type of brush. They are good at getting between the teeth, and brushing along the gum line.
Round heads are usually reserved for powered toothbrushes, and are usually only slightly wider around than a pencil eraser. They are able to spin faster than you can brush manually, often giving them a deeper clean than anything you would get out of a standard brush.
Rectangular heads are often combination heads. This means the upper half of the head has one job, while the bottom half has another. This can be a top where the bristles are longer to get between teeth, or a bottom with bristles that move to help get into hard-to-reach areas.
The Most Important Part of Picking a New ToothbrushDo not get overwhelmed by the sheer number of options out there. What matters most is that your toothbrush suits your needs. The bristles should most often be soft, and the head should fit comfortably in your mouth when you brush.
For more help figuring out the right toothbrush for your needs, ask us at your next appointment. We can help show you the types of brushes we recommend most, and why.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (253) 777-0252 today.