Written by Gaby

Which brush attachment do I need for my toothbrush?

An electric toothbrush will only continue to brush thoroughly if you replace the brush attachment in time. Brush attachments come in different types and sizes. Most people always buy the same ones, but if you want to be smart about it, you should choose a brush attachment that your teeth really need. I'll explain.

Remove extra dental plaque

Oral-B CrossAction and Philips Sonicare PlaqueDefense brush attachments

If you don't brush away dental plaque in time, it can calcify into tartar. That's why it's important to remove dental plaque on time, and get to those hard-to-reach places. It's best to use brush attachments with densely packed or extra long bristles. That way, you can remove just that bit more dental plaque from behind your molars or at your gum line in the same motion.

For sensitive teeth

Oral-B Sensi UltraThin and Philips Sonicare Sensitive brush attachments

Once dentine becomes exposed – for instance as the result of receding gums – this can cause a jolt of pain. That's precisely what sensitive teeth are. You can protect yourself against this by brushing extra thoroughly. That can be quite painful if you have sensitive teeth though. Make brushing a bit more comfortable by opting for a brush attachment with extra soft bristles. That way, you'll clean your teeth thoroughly, but it will feel a lot better.

For whiter teeth

Oral-B 3D White and Philips Sonicare DiamondClean brush attachments

The more cups of coffee or glasses of red wine you drink, the quicker your teeth will discolor. The acids in these beverages don't just damage the tooth enamel, but also leave stains. You can remove these stains by brushing with a whitening brush attachment. It has extra, closely packed together bristles or a polishing cup that scrapes the stains from your teeth in a mild way.

Against inflamed gums

Philips Sonicare InterCare, Oral-B Floss Action, and Philips Sonicare GumHealth brush attachments

If bacteria are left behind between your teeth or on the gumline, your gums can become irritated and even inflamed. Your gums will bleed and feel painful. Interdental brush attachments help to heal your gums, because they also clean between your teeth and molars. This is often a breeding ground for bacteria and therefore the main cause of inflamed gums.

For baby teeth

Oral-B Stages and Philips Sonicare for Kids brush attachments

Vulnerable baby teeth shouldn't be brushed with powerful brush attachments for adults, but with brush attachments for children. These have softer bristles, so children never brush their teeth or gums to roughly. That way, children will gradually get used to the intensity of electric brushing. Fun fact: children's brush attachment come in fun editions, like K3, Frozen, or Star Wars.

Against bad breath

Philips Sonicare tongue brush

Your tongue is a source of bacteria that are a primary cause of bad breath. Yet people still often forget their tongue when brushing their teeth. That's a missed opportunity. A tongue brush helps you clean your tongue in a thorough and comfortable way. The biggest advantage of that: a clean, fresh breath.

For braces

If you wear braces, it's all the more important to keep your teeth nice and clean. Brush attachments for braces make it easy to clean behind the wires of the braces. The cleaner you keep these zones, the less likely it is that bacteria will settle there.


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