How do I choose and use a toothbrush?
Choosing a toothbrush may seem like a piece of cake, right? But in reality, with so many options to choose from, zeroing in on one toothbrush becomes difficult. This is because toothbrushes seem to come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. There are raised bristles, angled heads, and oscillating tufts and handles. On the other hand, we just do not seem to brush our teeth long enough. In order to reach and scrub all the areas, it has been recommended by dentists to brush for at least two to three minutes.
Which toothbrush is considered best?
Generally, a toothbrush head should be small, around 1 to 1.5 inches. This is so that the brush head can have easy access to your teeth, gums, and mouth. It should also have a wide and long handle. This is so that you can grasp your toothbrush firmly. In addition, it should also have soft nylon bristles. This is to ensure that your gums are not hurt during brushing.
When is it time to change my toothbrush?
As has been recommended by dentists and other dental professionals, you should make it a point to change your toothbrush after every three months. This is before the bristles become frayed and splayed. This is because after a certain period, the toothbrushes become ineffective in combatting harmful bacteria. Sick people should change their toothbrushes at the beginning of the illness or after they are feeling better.
How do I brush my teeth?
We all know how to brush our teeth, right? But many of us are still unaware about the correct technique of brushing our teeth. You should place the toothbrush beside your teeth at a 45-degree angle. Then you should gently rub it back and forth. Brush outside the teeth, inside the tooth, your tongue. Make it a point to especially brushing in between the teeth and the chewing surfaces. Make it a habit of brushing at least twice a day and after meals.
How long should I brush my teeth for?
You should try to make a habit of brushing your teeth for at least two to three minutes. Any amount less than that means that your teeth are not being cleaned properly enough. To encourage and motivate yourself, brush your teeth while watching television or by listening to your favorite song on the radio.
Manual versus electric toothbrushes
There has been a long debate over the effectiveness of manual and electric toothbrushes. It has been found that electric toothbrushes do not work that better than the traditional ones. But it has been known to motivate the lazy and reluctant people to brush their teeth more often. Therefore, electric toothbrushes have been recommended for people who have manual dexterity, such as an elderly or disabled person, or someone who wears braces.
In addition, electric toothbrushes also take some time to be recharged as they run on batteries. It also needs to be cleaned after every use so that germs do not infest themselves.
Lastly, make a habit of visiting your dentist regularly. Also keep in mind that both brushing and flossing are the secrets to healthy teeth and gums.