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Manual Toothbrushes, Which Ones Are Better to Choose and How Long Can You Use them?

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Manual Toothbrushes, Which Ones Are Better to Choose and How Long Can You Use them?

The type of manual toothbrush you use is important for maintaining good oral hygiene. We have taken a look at the types of manual brushes the market offers and which ones we should be using. 

4 Types of Manual Toothbrushes

Extra soft 

Extra soft or periodontal brushes are great if you have such conditions as receding gums, gum disease or severe gingival problems. They won’t cause any damage to your teeth even if you apply a bit of pressure whilst brushing. It means you can brush your teeth for longer and follow effective techniques without negative effects.


Soft-bristled toothbrushes do a great job if your teeth are on the sensitive side. They are as effective as medium-bristled toothbrushes but cause less damage. Therefore, they are more suitable for using twice a day. It’s been proven that the hardness of a manual toothbrush has nothing to do with its effectiveness. It’s all about your technique.


Medium-bristled manual toothbrushes are the easiest to find in a shop. They are popular as the majority of people don’t know which level of hardness they should be using, so they go for the golden middle. Medium-bristled toothbrushes are good at removing plaque, but they can cause more dental abrasions. Therefore, they can be problematic in the long run. 


Hard-bristled toothbrushes are not recommended for long-term use. Their benefit is their durability. They last for much longer than soft-bristled toothbrushes, but they are so harsh that they can actually wear away your tooth enamel. Additionally, they are not safe for gums. If you use one of them then make sure that you’re careful and gentle on your teeth, otherwise, your teeth will become more vulnerable to decay.


How Long Do Manual Toothbrushes Last?

Manual toothbrushes last around 2 to 3 months. As it was mentioned earlier, soft-bristled toothbrushes don’t last the same as their hard-bristled equivalents because they begin to show signs of wear much earlier. Also, it is important to remember that toothbrushes need replacing if you have been sick as they can contain germs and bacteria causing reinfection. 

Choosing the right manual toothbrush can be a challenge. It’s necessary to remember your teeth problems and needs whilst picking oral hygiene products for everyday use. If you need help with choosing the best option for yourself, then don’t hesitate to contact us here at Thurmaston Dental. 

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