The Toothbrush is a personal care 'tool' used to clean teeth, consisting of a small brush on a handle.
Daily use of fluoride toothpaste with a modern toothbrush is the best way to promote oral hygiene and good oral health.
|THE BEST TOOTHBRUSH FOR YOU
In order to choose the best toothbrush that provides you with adequate teeth cleaning, you should know that a modern toothbrush must have :
Head size that you feel comfortable in your mouth and allows you to reach comfortably to the back teeth.
Anatomic grip to help you make the correct toothbrushing moves
Head design that helps cleaning at all the teeth surfaces even at difficult areas as the spaces between the teeth.
Nylon bristles (natural bristles wear out easier and allow the growth of bacteria).
Rounded end of bristles to avoid damaging the gums.
Your dentist will advise you for the right toothbrush hardness (soft or medium)
and type according to your specific needs, mouth shape and dental problems.
In general, the safest choice is a soft toothbrush.
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Special care must be taken when choosing an infant toothbrush, because kids have much tender gums that are easily injured.
Kids toothbrushes should have :
Small head size to fit in the small mouth of the infant
Soft bristles to protect the child's teeth and tender gums
Large and anatomic grip for easier handling
Flexible neck material to absorb excessive brushing pressure
Attractive design and colours to make toothbrushing a pleasure for the kid.
For kids under the age of two, you could use a special type of infant toothbrush that fits over your finger (without handle) to clean their teeth
Ask a pediatric dentist before buying one of the infant electric toothbrushes for your kid.
WHEN TO CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
The bristles of the toothbrush wear
out during brushing, so after some time they don't provide adequate cleaning
and may injure the gums. To have always the best results from brushing
you must change the toothbrush :
Every 3-4 months
Immediately after the bristles start to loose their natural position on
the head of the toothbrush
After a cold or flue
Children toothbrushes have to be changed more often since they wear out
Toothbrush is a strictly personal item, do not share it with anyone else. That would increase the risk of infections transmission, due to the exchange of body fluids and microbes between the users.
HOW TO STORE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
The right way of storing your toothbrush
will allow you to keep it in good shape for a longer period. To achieve
it, after every brushing :
Wash and rinse well the toothbrush to remove any remaining toothpaste, food debris and bacteria.
it in upright position in a well ventilated area to help drying
Do not cover the toothbrush head or put it in a closet, at least not before it dries completely.
The moisture that remains on the toothbrush may help the growth of bacteria.
If your toothbrush is stored in the same holder with another person's tooth brush, keep them separated to avoid cross contamination.