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You can not overestimate the importance of good oral hygiene not only for dental health but for your overall wellbeing. Gum disease is a major risk factor for the development of serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.
From the time we were young, we were taught that using a toothbrush regularly is one of the best ways to keep our teeth and gums healthy. But which toothbrush is best?
There are certain characteristics that you should look for in whatever toothbrush you choose, regardless of whether it is manual or powered.
You might think that firmer bristles will result in more thorough cleaning, but soft bristles are the better choice. Softer bristles are easier on the gums and teeth; hard bristles could make gums bleed or even damage the tooth’s enamel. Soft bristles will still be able to brush away plaque buildup and food particles.
2. Toothbrush Size
In terms of the size of your brush head, smaller is usually better since it is easier to maneuver to the backsides of your teeth. A smaller-sized toothbrush head also gives you a little more control in reaching those tighter areas.
3. Electric Or Manual
Electric toothbrushes may have a slight advantage over manual brushes. Some people tend to brush for the full recommended two minutes with an electric toothbrush, since they don’t have to work as hard to clean their teeth. The extra motion of the bristles can also help to reach hard-to-access areas. However, manual brushes can clean just as effectively if people brush correctly.
Moreover, toothbrush manufacturers and dentists recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months. You should stick to those guidelines if you brush for two minutes, twice a day, as dental professionals recommend.
One of the reasons is that the bristles lose their cleaning ability and also may fall out or change shape. Once the bristles become splayed, they won’t maintain their performance. Frayed bristles don’t reach the spots between the teeth and along the gum line effectively.
Germs can also hang out on a toothbrush and these germs can sometimes transfer to the toothpaste tube when you load up, making other people in the household sick if you share toothpaste.
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