Choosing the Right Toothbrush
If you think that having a toothbrush is enough for oral health care, you’re wrong. Choosing the right toothbrush plays an initial role when it comes to taking care of your teeth. So how do you choose your toothbrush?
Since a toothbrush is an exclusive property, you have to choose the one that best suits your preference. Your comfort while using it should be considered. It should fit perfectly on your hand and the toothbrush should feel comfortable in your mouth, reaching every tooth surface.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles is the best one to choose. Most people don’t get that ‘clean feeling’ unless they use a toothbrush with stiff bristles but that habit can be unhealthy on the teeth and gums. Brushing the teeth too hard is a leading cause of sensitive teeth.
Mind the Handles
The design of the handle might seem unimportant but there are easier-to-use designs nowadays. Because of their design, brushing becomes more effective. Toothbrushes with straight and rigid handles are difficult to control. The ones that have bent or tilted necks are easier to use and also helpful in reaching behind the teeth as well as around the back teeth.
Consider the Age
Toothbrushes, just like shoes, depend on the user’s age. Babies should use baby toothbrushes because they have small mouths, and the same goes for older children. Since you want to promote oral health care at an early age, let your children pick their own design at the supermarket, making their toothbrushes more personal for them.
Quality vs. Quantity
You might be seeing those 5-in-1 toothbrushes for the whole family in supermarkets. As much as you can save money by buying those, it’s still better to go for the familiar ones, instead. Nameless products might be made of weaker materials and since you put a toothbrush in your mouth, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Power and Battery-Operated Options
Over the years, it has been proven that power toothbrushes remove 10 to 40% more plaque than manual brushes. It’s because these power toothbrushes have round oscillating heads and fixed bristles. Studies also show that more than 35% of adults and children brush for a longer period of time when using power brushes.
Ideally, a toothbrush should be replaced every three months, but some people tend to wear out their brushes earlier than that. If you see that your toothbrush is already worn out even before the three-month period, then it’s time to get a new one.
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