Use a Good Toothbrush and Use it Well

    • A toothbrush may seem like an easy purchase, but do spend time to make sure that your toothbrush is right for you.


    • For most of us, a soft-bristled toothbrush is the most comfortable and safest choice. Depending on how vigorously the teeth are brushed, medium-and hard-bristled brushes could actually damage the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel. Soft bristles are more flexible, and do not damage the gums. For greater protection, be sure the bristles on the toothbrush have rounded tips.


    • The best toothbrush head should allow easy access to all surfaces of your teeth. For most adults, a toothbrush head about 1.25 cm wide and 2.5 cm tall will be the easiest and the most effective to use. This makes it easier to clean certain hard-to¬reach areas, such as the sides and backs of the molars.


  • A toothbrush should be replaced every three months or when bristles start to wear, which ever comes first. It is a good idea to buy two toothbrushes and use them in rotation. This allows each brush to dry thoroughly. After a cold, flu, sore throat or mouth infection do not overlook to replace your toothbrush with a new one. Germs can continue to live in the brush, and you can reinfect yourself

    • A recent study revealed that the average person spends thirty seconds brushing his or her teeth instead of the recommended three to four minutes (although the people in the study estimated that they took more time brushing).


  • Observe your dental hygiene habits, and if you have any questions, do find time to talk to your dentist.


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