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What shape & size of tooth brush you need to select?

A toothbrush is the primary tool used every day to maintain optimal oral health, so it’s no wonder you want to choose the best one. But when you walk into a local store, you may face a dazzling display of toothbrushes! Selecting the right one may seem like an overwhelming task.

 

What are the basic functions of Tooth Brush?

(1) To remove dental plaque (an invisible film of bacteria) and food debris from teeth

(2) To minimize tartar build-up

 (3) To stimulate gum tissue and prevent or reduce inflammation (gingivitis)

Do we need to select Soft or Firm Tooth Brush?

Although hard bristles would result in better cleaning, they cause gum recession. This condition exposes the root surfaces of teeth to abrasion and erosion, resulting in sensitivity to touch, heat and/or cold, and acidic foods. A soft brush, in contrast, can remove plaque without harming the teeth or irritating the gums.  So, most dentists recommend a “soft” toothbrush,

 Do increase in length and rounding of bristles result in better cleaning of teeth?

Toothbrush bristles have different degrees of end-rounding to smooth out the rough jags that may result during manufacturing. Rounded bristles are best for the gums. Non-rounded bristles leads to gum recession. Bristle length can also influence the effectiveness of a toothbrush. Bristles on many toothbrushes are multi-leveled or angled for cleaning between teeth and at the gum line, and most toothbrushes have longer bristles on one end to clean the back teeth more effectively.

How shape determines Tooth brush?

It’s important to pick a toothbrush that fits your mouth. Some people find an angled neck and tapered head helpful. If the bristles are too long, it will be difficult to reach around the back teeth; if too short, you may have to work harder to clean all tooth surfaces. Handles with larger grips can be useful for those who lack manual dexterity, such as young children and people with arthritis. In short, choose a toothbrush that feels comfortable and is easy to use.

Which is better Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush?

According to the ADA, electric and manual brushes work equally well. An electric toothbrush is recommended for those who have limited manual dexterity, cannot brush effectively with a manual toothbrush or do not brush long enough. You should use the same criteria to evaluate the toothbrush regardless of whether it is electric or manual. No matter what kind of brush you choose, the important thing is to brush twice a day, using no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for anyone over age 3—and a smear the size of a rice grain for infants.

When do we need to replace Tooth brush?

Toothbrushes do not last forever. When the bristles become misshapen, frayed and splayed, it’s time for a replacement—usually in 3 to 4 months.

         In summary, good brushing technique—along with a consistent brushing and flossing habit—is essential to maintaining good oral hygiene.

If your gums bleed, your toothbrush may be too hard, you may be brushing too hard. If they still bleed after changing the brush and technique, contact your Dentist. It’s time for Teeth Scaling. Teeth Scaling needs to be done every 6 months.


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