Use alternately with your current brush if you are not used to a soft brush
Follow S.M.I.L.E. instructions for best result
Please don't fall for the gimmicks that manufacturers produce with fancy bends in the handle, rubber bristles, or other features that show up. They do this to create something "new" so they can keep selling their brand. Just buy a quality regular looking brush, with soft nylon rounded polished bristles.
I also like: the GUM® "Classic Toothbrush" #311, compact head, Soft bristle. This brush has been around for 30 years and is great manual toothbrush-- but the bristles are not as soft/tapered as the newer Summit® I listed above.
If you are desiring a brush that is easy on the environment, here is one I found that is also easy on the teeth and gums.
Battery operated do not have the cleaning power as a rechargeable sonic brush does
Round head brushes or combinations thereof are much less effective in cleaning the areas that really matter, in my observational experience as a dental hygienist of 34 years
Round head brushes are not "sonic". They rotate or spin and cannot be held at a 45 degree angle to get into the gums, where GUM DISEASE occurs.
After using the Interpak®, the Oral-B®, Sonicare®, and trying other less popular electic brushes, I developed extreme sensitivity along the gumline and found brushing with ANYTHING a very painful experience. I'm a pro, and my toothbrush (Sonicare) was causing recession and seemed more abrasive than is used to be. Then, in one of my Facebook® hygiene groups, I heard a buzz about a new sonic toothbrush, tried it and fell in love!
the bristles are more likely to cause sensitivity (my experience as well as many of my hygiene collegues)
the bristles are more likely to cause recession (see above)
it's very expensive ($330)
replacement heads are more expensive
WHAT ABOUT THE ORAL-B ELECTRIC BRUSH?
I want to answer this from my perspective and experience as a dental hygienist of over 34 years...
In over three decades of cleaning thousands of teeth, I have only seen THREE people use this brush effectively.
1. Although the commercials show it doing a wonderful carwash action, hugging each tooth and magically cleaning all the plaque off--it doesn't. 2. The head of this brush is too big to do this supposed "hugging" on any but the very back teeth. 3. You cannot angle this head 45 degrees and get the bristles under the gums into the "turtleneck" around each tooth. 4. The brush will get only the highest surfaces clean, not reaching in between the teeth or into the gumline--where GUM DISEASE is! 5. I typically see massive amounts of plaque and bleeding between all the teeth when this brush is used.
In summary, it just doesn't cut it.
If I use a manual brush - SOFT, MEDIUM OR HARD?
Soft bristles are more flexable and conforms to curve of the tooth better
Ultimately cleans better
Less likely to cause sensitivity
Less likely to cause recession of gums
Use alternately with your current brush if you are not used to it