Toothbrushes consist of a head and a handle. The head consists of tightly clustered bristles which come in a variety of textures, sizes and forms. Toothbrushes help clean the teeth, tongue and gums so as to help maintain oral hygiene.
Broadly, toothbrushes can be classified as handheld/electric/interdental/chewable.
Brush bristles also vary from extra soft-soft-medium-hard. It is recommended to use a soft bristled brush rather than hard to prevent damage to tooth enamel and gums.
Electric toothbrushes-a multi-directional power brush may reduce the incidence of gingivitis and plaque build up. An electric brush causes rotation of their bristles and cleans hard to reach places. They tend to be more costly.
Interdental tooth brushes-also known as a proxa bush is a small, disposable bush used to clean between teeth or between the wire of braces and teeth.
Chewable brushes-used mostly by travellers, it is a miniature plastic moulded brush which can be placed in the mouth and thrown after use.
It is recommended to avoid sharing toothbrushes not only for reasons of maintaining hygiene but also to prevent transmission of diseases via blood e.g hepatitis C.
Consult a Dentist