Mind Your Oral Hygiene And Choose The Right Toothbrush

We usually don’t choose our toothbrush, but pick up what is available. Is that the right thing to do?

V. Kumara Swamy Published Sep 18, 2020 19:52:22 IST
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This is one thing we cannot do without. And yet, most of us hardly think about the kind of toothbrush we should use. The right toothbrush can make the daily routine of brushing teeth effective. Here, we look at the factors you should consider when choosing a toothbrush:

Soft or hard bristles

A soft-bristled toothbrush is considered a more comfortable and safe choice. You choice should also depend on how you brush your teeth and your teeth strength. Hard-bristled brushes can damage your gums and the enamel of your teeth. “Use a soft brush with rounded bristles. The right toothbrush cleans better. Choose a size and shape that allows you to reach all the way to your back teeth,” recommends the Canadian Dental Association. 

Size of the brush 

If you have a small mouth, a brush with a big head will not work for you. Choose a brush that can comfortably reach the difficult areas, like the molars at the back of the mouth. Brushes with small head are ideal for children.

As for the handle of the brush, always check the grip. Brushes with big handles and rubber grip are easy to use, especially for children and the elderly.  

Manual or electric? 

With the main aim being oral care, both manual and electric brushes are fine as long as you brush regularly. An electric toothbrush, however, will cost you more than a manual one and its removable brush head needs to be replaced every few months. Electric brushes are particularly suitable for elderly patients and those who have suffered an injury and are not able to move their hands properly.

Whatever your style, never ignore your oral care. Happy brushing! 

Pro-tip: Dentists recommend replacing a toothbrush every three months. Don’t brush your teeth aggressively. Spend 2-3 minutes brushing your teeth thoroughly.

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