Tips for choosing and maintaining a toothbrush

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The importance of a good toothbrush can´t be overestimated. Proper oral hygiene is the key to good oral health as well as the overall health. With the right toothbrush your hygiene will be easier and more effective and your teeth and gums will be less vulnerable to tooth decay, plaque and gum disease. You can use these guidelines to help you pick a proper toothbrush to suit your needs!

One of the key rules for choosing a toothbrush is “the softer the better”! When it comes to picking a toothbrush, you have to keep in mind that softer bristles clean your teeth more effectively. Softer bristles are also easier on your gums and you don’t risk potential damage on the gentle gum tissue. On the other hand, a toothbrush with stiff bristles is more likely to cause bleeding gums. However, if you have relatively healthy gums and teeth, always choose a toothbrush labeled with “medium”, you don’t need to buy an entirely “soft” one, unless your dentist recommends it.

A smaller head is another characteristic to keep in mind when choosing a toothbrush. A smaller toothbrush head makes it easier to reach all areas of your teeth and gums. In this case, bigger is not better. It is because if you have a small mouth, a toothbrush with a big head might make it difficult to angle your toothbrush to brush the areas that are hard to reach. Definitely go for something that complements the size of your mouth. For most adults, a toothbrush head a half-inch wide and one-inch tall is the best option.

Toothbrush handle is also a thing to consider, so choose the handle with care. Don’t bother with all the colors and even glitter we can find on the handles. What you should really look for is a toothbrush handle that feels comfortable in your hand and is easy to maneuver. A non-slip surface may be especially important for people with arthritis.

After being used every day, your toothbrush loses its effectiveness and also eventually becomes a breeding ground for germs, fungus and bacteria, and nobody wants that. To avoid this, replace your toothbrush frequently – at least every three or four months. In case you recently had a cold or infection, you might have transferred germs to your toothbrush so be sure to replace the old toothbrush with a new one immediately.

What about picking your child’s toothbrush? The starting point is picking a toothbrush that’s age-appropriate. Fortunately, most toothbrushes already have specific age groups designated right on the packaging, which makes it easy to know which brushes you should consider. Also look for soft, nylon bristles and the ADA Seal of Approval. You can your dentist for recommendations if you want to be 100% sure.

Always look for expert recommendation. To be sure your toothbrush has undergone effectiveness and safety control tests for cleaning, look for toothbrushes that have earned the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval, or ask your dentist for a recommendation. ADA also recommends nylon bristles, not the natural ones.

In order to make your toothbrush last longer and be effective, it is also essential to know how to keep your toothbrush clean and safe. It’s important to keep your toothbrush sanitary and free of bacteria. Don’t keep it covered when you’re home, only when on the road. When you travel, put your toothbrush should be in a travel toothbrush holder because otherwise it will pick up dust, dirt, and bacteria from your bag. At home on the other hand, a toothbrush has to “breathe” because the moist environment promotes bacteria growth. Store it upright in a cup or a toothbrush holder that allows it to air dry. The toothbrush holder also has to have several openings to keep multiple toothbrushes separate.

Take your time when choosing a proper toothbrush because the more you like it, the more likely you are to brush. After buying a model that suits your needs, store it and maintain it with care because a toothbrush is the key to your oral health.

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