Toothbrushes are the basic implements everyone uses to keep their teeth clean and their mouth healthy. By brushing twice a day, you can prevent almost every dental problem out there! But how much do you really know about toothbrushes? Do you know what kinds are available? How to take care of them? When it’s time to replace them? Here’s some important, pertinent information about the humble toothbrush to take to heart!
Types of Toothbrushes
In general, there are two types of toothbrushes that are available to the public – manual and electric. A manual toothbrush is just like the one your dentist gives you after every check-up. It is portable, ready to use whenever you need it, and makes no noise. An electric toothbrush is a bit less portable than a manual one and will either require regular charging or battery replacement. However, it is also more thorough in cleaning between the teeth and at the gumline. A lot of these toothbrushes even have sensors that ensure you don’t press against the teeth too hard! Which is better? Whichever one is more comfortable for you and makes you want to brush regularly.
Make sure that no matter which type of toothbrush you choose that you maintain it well and keep it clean. Rinse the toothbrush under tap water after brushing to remove any lingering toothpaste and saliva, then store the toothbrush in an upright position that allows the bristles to dry. Storing toothbrushes in a closed container can make it a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, so make sure you let the bristles dry fully after every use.
Most people replace their toothbrush every time they go to see their dentist for regular checkups. It’s best, however, to replace toothbrushes slightly more often than that rate. 3-4 months is recommended by most dentists, and you should replace them even sooner if you’ve been sick recently. Also, examine the bristles on your current toothbrush. If they are frayed, they won’t be able to clean your teeth as well, so this should be a good sign that you need a new toothbrush. Finally, children’s toothbrushes tend to need replacing even more often than every 3-4 months since kids usually brush their teeth more vigorously than adults!
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