If you've made the transition from a manual toothbrush to an electric or sonic model, hats off to you: you have taken an important step toward maintaining proper oral health. In this article, we will show you how to build upon this foundation by focusing on an often neglected yet key component of your oral care routine: brush heads.
Size, shape, bristle type: all factors that come into play when it comes to choosing the right brush head. Think of this accessory as one that should turbocharge the whole toothbrush performance because its role is nothing short of essential.
One size fits all
Let's start by debunking this particular myth. Many a manufacturer of electric or sonic toothbrushes put products out in the marketplace with a single brush head size. Thereby either suggesting that brush heads are not that important or that a unique size will do, regardless of user's needs. The Brio Product Group is not one of those manufacturers.
Whether a brush head is small, medium or large plays a part in how you intend to use it and what you are specifically looking to accomplish. Personal comfort matters. Expected results matter no less. Smaller heads will tend to have more concentrated bristles. Larger heads will allow for more complex bristle patterns, yielding different cleaning performances. Pause and think this over. Pick what works for you.
After all, how much difference can bristles make? Quite a lot, as it turns out. Per the American Dental Association, "(t)he consensus recommendation is for people to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles." The professional, medical concern here is to ensure no damage is done to the gums. At the same time, you want bristles sturdy enough to do a thorough job. The Brio's Smartclean comes with a versatile offering of brush heads, including specialty bristle filaments that are the gold standard when it comes to synthetic options for sonic toothbrushes.
Length, diameter, cross-sectioning: everything is well thought out and nothing is left to chance. They also happen to come in very cool colors!
If you are interested in leaning more about this, then check out the review of the Ollie Smartclean on My Dental Advocate here.
Pretty colors aside, it is crucial that the bristles withstand back and forth movement at a very high frequency (usually around 30,000 times a minute) because that's where you get the most efficient cleaning. Do a little bit of homework and peruse our side-by-side comparison page. Whether you choose a SmartClean, ProClean or XClean will put different bristle options at your disposal and you'll be in a position to pick what is right for you.
Set it and forget it
Sonic toothbrushes should be built to last. That is certainly true of our SmartClean and thousands of testimonials attest to this. A common misconception, however, is that nothing will ever need replacing and that is just not true when it comes to brush heads. Here is what the ADA has to say about manual toothbrushes: "Toothbrushes should be replaced approximately every three to four months or more often if the bristles become matted or frayed. The effectiveness of the brush decreases as the bristles become worn." Wear-and-tear impairs a brush head's ability to clean consistently and thoroughly. Which is why Brio has set up the perfect head replacement program, ensuring you get to wage battle with the optimal spear, month in, month out!
Bottom line: brush heads should not be an afterthought. They are, quite literally, where the rubber hits the road. The Brio Product Group works closely with dentists and countless hours of validation have gone into coming up with the SmartClean. Every single component has been questioned, including our brush heads. Now you know why!
Why a brush head replacement program?
- Quick to set up, convenient to use
- The exact right head (for you)
- Your habits and needs won't vary, ever