“Have you ever wondered if an electric toothbrush is better than a manual one? Do you know how to choose a toothbrush that fits you? This article provides tips on how to choose a toothbrush and how toothpaste can make your teeth sparkle!”
There are many types of toothbrushes available in the market: different bristle hardness, straight or angled handles, big or small heads, flat or serrated brush surfaces, the list seems endless.
So how do you select a suitable toothbrush? Here are some tips:
- Select a brush with soft bristles, which will be gentle to your gums.
- The head of the brush should not be too big. A brush with a big head will not be able to reach the back corners of the mouth.
Electric vs manual, which is better?
An electric toothbrush is not necessarily more or less effective than a manual toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is helpful for persons with less manual dexterity, for example, persons with physical handicaps, arthritis, or someone recovering from a stroke.
Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every 2-3 months, or sooner if it becomes frayed. A worn-out toothbrush is less effective in cleaning the teeth and gums and may injure the gums.
An interdental brush looks like a miniature baby bottle washer. It is used to clean in between your teeth, like a toothpick but much more efficiently. However the interdental brush is not for everybody. It is best to consult your dentist before using one.
Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride to brush your teeth. Fluoride helps prevent caries (tooh decay). Some toothpaste have extra desensitising ingredients to help prevent sensitive teeth.
Although a lot of people have heard of dental floss, not many use it regularly. Flossing is about the only thing that can effectively clean in between your teeth. A tooth brush can’t reach all the tight spaces between your teeth or areas under your gumline.
Flossing may seem difficult to learn, but once you get used to it, it’s as easy as brushing.
Consult a dental professional to find out more about these oral hygiene aids and practices.
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