Are you suffering from gum problems?

You might take care of your teeth as cautiously as possible. But if you still face plaque issues, yellow teeth, and bleeding gums, the problem is somewhere else.

The problem can be varied from bad eating habits, inefficient brushing techniques, inadequate brushing time and even the type of toothbrush one uses!

People often don't pay much attention when buying a toothbrush, failing to notice its imminent role in dental health. When you are buying conventional or electric toothbrushes for kids or adults, you need to check their size, bristle type, and design for better cleaning.

To simplify your work and save you time, we have compiled a list of factors that you should focus on while buying a toothbrush.

Size of the Brush Head

The first thing that you need to pay attention to is the size of the brush head. Whether you are going for conventional brushes or electric toothbrushes, the size of the brush head is very important.

Ideally, you should select a brush whose head is one inch tall and half an inch wide. It is the perfect size that will help you reach every part of your mouth.


Bristles are the most important part of your toothbrush. It doesn't matter if you are buying a manual or electric toothbrush, the bristles' density and quality always matter.

The best brushes are ones that have soft and dense nylon bristles.

You might think your teeth are very strong. However, acidic and sugary foods damage your teeth. In such a case when you use brushes that have hard bristles, things get worse. Hard or medium bristles may damage enamel, gums, and root surface.

Shape of Bristles

Did you know that bristles come in two different shapes?

In both manual and electric toothbrushes, the tip of the bristles comes in two different shapes. You have the option to buy straight or rounded bristles.

The shape of bristles may appear of negligible importance. But the shape of the bristles might be harming your teeth more than you can think.

Straight bristles are sharp with jagged tips and don't suit everyone due to their consistent length. 

On the other hand, round bristles are soft on your gums and teeth. If you are buying a brush for kids, always get rounded bristles. Rounded bristles do not harm or damage gums.

Manual or Electric Toothbrush

Can electric toothbrushes damage teeth?

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones?

These are the common questions people have in mind while buying brushes. Choosing a manual or electric toothbrush is completely your choice.

Both the toothbrushes do a wonderful job if you pay attention to the points mentioned above. However, electric toothbrushes have some advantages over the manual.

With an electric toothbrush, the battery charge lasts up to days, and you can also set a 2-minute timer. Electric toothbrushes are more effective in deep-cleaning your teeth.

If you are looking for a toothbrush, check out Colgate’s electric toothbrush collection. Because when you have whiter and healthier teeth, you smile more often.