Manual toothbrushes to suit your individual needs can be found here. Toothbrushes are the single most effective way of disrupting and removing the plaque biofilm on your teeth. Used correctly toothbrushes can clean between 60-70% of the surfaces of your teeth.
Plaque biofilm is a sticky gel like substance that forms on the surfaces of the teeth. It starts to build up on the teeth and other surfaces as soon as the teeth are cleaned. This plaque biofilm becomes home for the bacteria that colonize the mouth. It forms mainly around the gum line, in the pits and fissures of the biting surfaces and between the teeth. Your toothbrush can’t reach to clean between teeth, so it is important to use a suitable interdental cleaning aid to disrupt the plaque biofilm from between teeth. Find out more about interdental cleaning here.
Toothbrushes can disrupt and clean the plaque biofilm from the outside, inside and biting surfaces of the teeth. Manual toothbrushes are selected for a variety of reasons. Which toothbrush you choose isn’t as important as the way it is used! Learn more about toothbrushing here.
Your dental team or Growing Smiles coach can help with your choice from our extensive selection of manual toothbrushes.
Generally, use a small headed brush with bristles that will contact all surfaces without doing harm to the tooth surface or gums. A toothbrush should be the foundation of your oral hygiene kit. Use it to brush last thing at night and one other time every day with a fluoride toothpaste.
All the manual toothbrushes you find here are recommended by oral care professionals, with something to suit everyone. Adult toothbrushes, childrens toothbrushes, toothbrushes for special care e.g. when your mouth is very sore, such as when undergoing cancer therapy. Toothbrushes for those with sensitive teeth and gums. The Fatboy toothbrush is ideal for anyone who has difficulty grasping the thin handle of a toothbrush. If you are not sure what might suit you best contact us or why not take Time Out For Teeth with our oral health coach LeighGS? She will be able to help select products best suited for your individual needs.
Change your toothbrushes regularly, when the bristles splay out (around every 3 months). Unless you are using toothpaste tablets, when you need water to create a paste, use your toothbrush dry with a pea sized blob of fluoride toothpaste. Brush every surface of each tooth then spit out but don’t rinse the paste all away – let the active ingredients work for as long as possible.