The adult toothbrush

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If you are here, it is because you feel that it is common to feel overwhelmed by adult toothbrushes. Indeed, you don't know them all and you often find that they are all equivalent and that there will be no problem if you choose an adult toothbrush at random. However, they are not all equal. It's important to choose the one that will best suit your personal needs. You should also keep in mind that adult toothbrushes are not recommended for children.

Here is a guide that shows you the different toothbrushes for adults that exist on the market so that you can find the toothbrush that you need.

What is an adult toothbrush ?

The adult toothbrush is an accessory specially designed for oral hygiene. Its main function is to remove impurities. It removes mainly the dental plaque on the teeth and gums. It is a small brush made of synthetic fibers or other materials: silicone, nylon or recyclable materials. It is inserted in the mouth through a handle and after applying a strip of toothpaste.

Choosing a toothbrush for adults

There is a wide variety of toothbrushes for adults on the market. Toothbrushes come in many shapes and sizes and have many different features: there are soft or stiff, wavy or satin bristles. Brush heads can be rounded or curved. It is therefore sometimes difficult to find one's way among all the toothbrushes sold on the market. However, it is important to know all the models of manual or electric toothbrushes.

The manual toothbrush for adults

There are three main types of manual toothbrushes: soft, medium and hard. The difference is in the density of the bristles. Indeed, the soft toothbrush is the most recommended by dentists because it preserves the enamel of the teeth and eliminates the most impurities and the dental plaque. It is particularly suitable for people with sensitive gums or pregnant women. On the other hand, the medium toothbrush is a good option if you don't have any particular oral problems and don't suffer from tooth sensitivity because the bristles of the brush are thicker. However, hard toothbrushes are generally not recommended by dentists because they can cause abrasion to the tooth enamel and damage the gums. 

The advantages of the manual toothbrush for adults:

  • It is sold at a reasonable price: between 3 and 5 euros most of the time
  • It is available in many formats with or without a tongue scraper for those who need or not to deal with bad breath
  • It can be used for a long time because it does not work with a battery
  • It is ideal for people who have a good brushing technique and who know how to measure the pressure they exert on their teeth and gums

Disadvantages of the manual toothbrush for adults:

  • It can injure the gums or damage your tooth enamel.
  • It requires vigorous brushing of your teeth to remove the bad bacteria that cause plaque
  • This type of toothbrush is not suitable for people whose upper body mobility is reduced due to illness or disability because they have to make large movements when brushing
  • It cannot access all sides of the tooth and reach difficult areas of your teeth

The ecological toothbrush for adults

These are 100% natural toothbrushes. They are manufactured with the aim of considerably limiting the waste in your bathrooms. They most often combine a handle with an interchangeable head. It is made from natural materials such as: bamboo, recycled plastic, or wood. It is reusable and the bristles are natural. It is an eco-friendly toothbrush packaged in a minimal packaging that is most often made in France. It is recommended to change it every 3 months.

The bamboo toothbrush


This is an ecological toothbrush that has a life span of 3 months. It is recyclable but also compostable. It is the handle of the toothbrush which is made of bamboo. It does not require any special treatment and is healthy, antibacterial and durable. The bristles of the brush are most often made of recyclable nylon. It is recommended to choose a bamboo brush for adults with black bristles. Indeed, this means that they have been infused with natural charcoal. This is a component that helps break up plaque while eliminating toxins.

The bioplastic toothbrush


The bioplastic toothbrush is an ecological toothbrush. It has a bioplastic handle and a rechargeable head. You have to replace the bristles when they are worn out but keep the handle. The head is easy to change and well secured. The handle of the toothbrush is made of 70% bio-sourced plastic. This plastic is obtained from the plant and seeds of the castor bean. It is a natural and ecological alternative to traditional plastic. In addition, its very soft medium bristles respect your gums.

The beech wood toothbrush


Beechwood toothbrushes are toothbrushes whose handles come from sustainably managed French forests. They are not made with cut wood. Generally, manufacturers recover the wood chips after cutting. The bristles of the toothbrush are made from a mixture of castor and nylon. It is undoubtedly an eco-responsible alternative that reduces your consumption of plastic. It is not recommended for children because it is not adapted to their mouth.  

The electric toothbrush for adults

The electric toothbrush is more comfortable than a manual toothbrush but it is also more efficient. In fact, it removes twice as much plaque as a manual brush. The results obtained are linked to two elements: the electric movement of the brush and the respect of the recommended brushing time. It has a timer, a pressure sensor and other features. Thanks to its use, the user brushes his teeth more easily than with a manual toothbrush.

The sonic toothbrush


The sonic toothbrush is a toothbrush with sonic technology that is very similar to manual toothbrushes in its shape. It also has a similar function because it produces natural back and forth movements. However, there is no need to scrub like you do with a traditional toothbrush. It combines vibrations with a gentle sweep for your mouth to provide a thorough cleaning of your teeth. It is recommended by dentists and the 31,000 strokes per minute remove tartar and plaque bacteria.

The ultrasonic toothbrush


This is an electric toothbrush that emits ultrasound. Its system works by emitting nearly 96 million oscillations per minute that are performed to thoroughly clean your teeth. You can still use an ultrasonic toothbrush even if you wear braces or have dentures. In addition, your gums will not be sensitive during brushing since the bristles do not rub against them thanks to this very innovative brush. Ultrasounds pass through the bristles of the brush and make the special toothpaste "foam" and thus clean the teeth.

The oscillating toothbrush


This is an electric toothbrush that has a small round head that makes a rotating and pulsating movement. These are 3D brush models that are particularly gentle on enamel and gums. They allow you to keep good control of the pressure, so they are particularly suitable for people with sensitive gums. It has an integrated timer that allows you to respect the brushing time. It is also equipped with an ergonomic handle that makes it easy to hold. It is recommended for polishing crowns and ensuring their maintenance.

You can choose the Y-Brush toothbrush. It is a toothbrush that simplifies brushing by allowing you to brush all sides simultaneously thanks to the filaments that have the right inclination which automates the brushing gesture.    

We hope this guide has helped you understand the role of an adult toothbrush. We hope you've understood that choosing an adult toothbrush depends on your personal needs and dental sensitivity. To do this, you need to understand how each type of toothbrush is right for you based on what you're looking for in a toothbrush and how effective it is at brushing. 

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