For your dental health, the toothbrush has got greater importance than a toothpaste as suggested by the dentists. The selection criteria for the toothbrush for most people is its design and color. But there has got no importance in cleansing your teeth as claimed by the toothbrush manufacturers.
The most popular disbelief among the people is about the powered or electric toothbrush, in which they think that the electric toothbrush will help in better cleansing of the teeth. Actually, the powered toothbrush will make the process easier but there is no evidence to suggest that they are significantly better at cleaning your teeth than a normal toothbrush.
Selecting a toothbrush
- Buy toothbrush which has soft bristles since hard bristles will tend to cause a gingival recession. Soft bristles are flexible and help to clean beneath the gingival margin and also protect your gums from damage.
- The head of the toothbrush must be small that helps you to clean all areas of the teeth and inner mouth with much ease.
- The handle should allow comfortable gripping
- The shape of the neck or handle does not play any significant role in the quality of the toothbrush even though as it is claimed by the manufacturers.
- The powered toothbrush doesn’t have any advantage over a manual toothbrush. The powered or electric toothbrush should be used for handicapped or bedridden patients, children etc. So this kind of toothbrush is selected on mere personal choice.
Replacing a toothbrush
- A toothbrush must be replaced every 3 months or when the bristles start to wear, whichever comes first.
- Overzealous brushing, especially by children, must be discouraged as it causes the bristles to wear off and moreover it causes gingival recession, bacteremia, painful ulceration of the gingiva.
- There are a few color-coded toothbrushes in the market which indicates the replacement time for toothbrushes by fading the color. The color code in the toothbrush is produced by a dye.
- Another important point to remember is that you have to replace your toothbrush after you were infected with infections like cold, flu, sore throat or mouth infection. The microbes can accumulate on the brush leading to reinfection.