Today’s advanced brush technologies are definitely not “one size fits all.” Because patients have individual oral hygiene needs, some manufacturers offer multiple brush head options, including round, conical, or manual-like heads for targeted cleaning and/or patient preference.
For example, Oral-B oscillating-rotating power toothbrushes feature brush head designs that are inspired by a dental professional’s rubber cups’ size and shape, which adapt to each tooth surface by cupping the tooth and cleaning difficult-to-reach surfaces. The small, round brush head is designed to perfectly cup and wrap the tooth surface. Patients can brush each tooth individually, and reach the difficult-to-reach portions of each tooth.
Different interchangeable brush heads for different patient needs are available for adults, children and orthodontic patients as well as for interdental spaces (Figure 6). Oral-B brush heads for oscillating-rotating brushes are slightly angled to help reach posterior regions of the oral cavity. In addition to soft end-rounded bristles, each of these brush heads has unique features designed to address specific patient needs. Indicator™ bristles signal when patients should replace their brush head for optimal plaque removal and safety.
Sonic toothbrush manufacturers also offer brush heads customized for specific patient desires/needs. Figure 7 displays examples of brush heads available for Philips Sonicare and Oral-B Pulsonic power toothbrushes.