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Most of us usually believe that the bigger the toothbrush, the better. Some people believe that the harder the bristles, the cleaner the teeth become. However, neither of these is true. There are important 7 things to consider when buying a toothbrush, take note of them next time you want to change your toothbrush

1. Toothbrush Head

It has been found that that small toothbrush heads are generally better and more efficient in cleaning teeth than large ones. The reason for this is that small toothbrush heads enable the user to reach all areas of the mouth especially the sides of molars (teeth right at the back of the mouth). Sometimes a child sized toothbrush head is better for an adult. It all depends on the individuals mouth. We have not found that the shape of the toothbrush head has any significant effect on their efficiency. We recommend that the toothbrush heads are replaced every 3 month

It has been found that that small toothbrush heads are generally better and more efficient in cleaning teeth than large ones. The reason for this is that small toothbrush heads enable the user to reach all areas of the mouth especially the sides of molars (teeth right at the back of the mouth)


2. Consider the bristles

You may be fond of scrubbing your teeth with a hard toothbrush; however, this habit can be tough on teeth and gums. A survey of 700 dentists found that brushing teeth too hard was a leading cause of sensitive teeth, reports WebMD.

A soft, rounded toothbrush is the best. The cleanliness of your teeth is not a function of how hard you brush your teeth but knowing the right technique to use.

3. Think About How You Brush( Brushing Technique)

The sad reality is that most of us don’t know the right technique to brush our teeth effectively. Someone can claim he/she brushes three times daily, but the cleanliness of the teeth points to the contrary. There are different types of toothbrushing techniques, watch the video below and learn how to brush effectively.

How to brush your teeth like a pro

4. Watch Out for the Toothbrush Handle Size

The toothbrush handle should be large enough that one can control the toothbrush with ease. Furthermore, the toothbrush handle should fit in the individual’s hand without any sort of discomfort or awkwardness. This is especially important for children since their small hands make it difficult to brush teeth in the proper manner.

Traditional blue and white toothbrush and blue standard electric toothbrush with rotating and oscillating brushes and rechargeable battery on a white matte surface on a white background

The toothbrush handle should be large enough that one can control the toothbrush with ease. Furthermore, the toothbrush handle should fit in the individual’s hand without any sort of discomfort or awkwardness

5. Don’t Be Stingy, Buy High quality Toothbrush.

It is a fact that things are difficult these days, but you can’t risk your health for any other thing. Don’t think that buying 50 or 100 Naira toothbrush is a good bargain, chances are high that such incredibly cheap toothbrushes are made of fake and unsafe materials. Buy high quality toothbrushes: Oral-B, Colgate etc.

6. Get the Right Size for the Younger Ones

Babies need baby toothbrushes because of their tiny mouths, so it also stands to reason that small children need toothbrushes with smaller heads than adult versions. Instead of promising a small toy or sugary treat to reward good behaviour at the supermarket or drugstore, let kids choose a new toothbrush with fun colours and graphics.

7. Think of Electric Toothbrush

The advertising agencies want us to believe that electric toothbrushes are always better than manual toothbrushes. We do agree that electric toothbrushes are generally more efficient than the manual variants as they “do the work for you”. There are situations where we would recommend a manual toothbrush over an electric toothbrush.

Both manual and powered toothbrushes can effectively and thoroughly clean teeth,’ says an article in the Journal of American Dentistry. ‘People who have difficulty using a manual toothbrush may find a powered toothbrush easier or more comfortable to use e.g someone suffering from arthritis may find it convenient to use an electric toothbrush.

Credits:

  1. Advanced Dental
  2. Burneston Dental
  3. Best health Mag

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