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How to select your tooth brush

How to select your tooth brush

In   reality, almost any toothbrush you are comfortable using works well. What is most important is – do you brush correctly and do you brush long enough. Most people brush for less than a minute, which is not sufficient to scrub off cavity causing bacteria from all areas of your mouth.

With so many shapes, sizes and styles of toothbrushes on the market, deciding which kind to buy can be confusing. Here’s what you should look for:

 


Soft Bristles

Any toothbrush you choose should have soft bristles. Hard bristles may cause gum tissue to pull back from teeth, which can expose the tooth root and lead to increased sensitivity to heat, cold or certain foods and drinks


Easily fitting head size

Select a toothbrush head size that can easily fit into the mouth and can brush one to two teeth at a time (the general size is 1″ long and ½” wide).


 Powered or Regular tooth brush?

Powered toothbrushes don’t clean teeth any better than regular toothbrushes. However, if a powered toothbrush motivates you to clean your teeth more often and for the required length of time, it is worth the investment.


When to replace your tooth brush?

Replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head for a powered toothbrush) as soon as the bristles begin to look worn or frayed (usually every three months). A worn toothbrush does not do a good job of cleaning your teeth. Remember always to replace your toothbrush after an illness.


Tooth brush for children

If you are shopping for a child, select a toothbrush with the following characteristics:

  • Soft bristles (for gentle cleaning)
  • Very small heads (designed for baby teeth)
  • Large handles (easier for children to grip)

 

If you’re still undecided about which toothbrush to use, consult your dentist for advice.

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