A smile makes all the difference! We all need a healthy and attractive smile on our faces but it’s not possible if we don’t take proper care of our teeth as well as of our toothbrushes. In order to take good care of our teeth, it’s essential to know a few things about your toothbrush.
Types of Toothbrushes
- Electric toothbrush
- Interdental toothbrush
- End-tuft brush
- Chewable toothbrush
- Ecological toothbrushes
How to Choose the Right Toothbrush?
Now-a-days, there plenty of toothbrushes in the market with different designs, styles, shapes and sizes which makes choosing the right one quite difficult. Here are few tips for choosing the most suitable toothbrush for your needs:
- Choosing a soft bristle toothbrush can help in removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth.
- Toothbrushes with small heads are suitable to clean and to reach out to all the areas of the mouth easily.
- For those who have difficulty in tooth brushing and have less manual capability, powered toothbrushes are available.
- Choose a toothbrush which can easily stay in your hands and with which you are comfortable as far as usage and cleaning is concerned.
How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?
- Changing a toothbrush usually depends on the brusher and not the toothbrush. People using the toothbrush roughly can make the bristles wear out sooner and they may need to change their toothbrush more frequently than others.
- It is recommended to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months since the exposure to bacteria can be minimized.
- After you recover from cold, use a new toothbrush because toothbrush bristles can gather germs thereby leading to reinfection.
- Make it a habit to change the toothbrush which you used when you were sick.
- Your toothbrush should be changed after you return from a trip as there are chances that the toothbrush got contaminated during that period.
- It is recommended to switch to a new toothbrush once you get your teeth cleaned by a dentist because when a dentist cleans your teeth, your mouth returns back to health and brushing with your old toothbrush can again re-introduce the bacteria and germs into your mouth.
- Patients having gum disease should get a new toothbrush every four to six weeks so as to stop the bacteria and germs from spreading.
How to Take Care of Your Toothbrush?
- It is not wise to share toothbrushes due to hygiene reasons and also in order to prevent transmission of diseases like Hepatitis C.
- After using the toothbrush it should be rinsed, juddered properly and kept for drying.
- Don’t keep the toothbrush in a lying down position. It is preferable to keep it in a standing position in order to avoid accumulation of germs on it.
- Wash your toothbrush under running tap water to remove all the dirt and debris on it.
- If you are suffering from any illness or immune disorder, then it can be soaked in an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Avoid keeping the moist toothbrush in a closed cover or cap, because a moist habitat is more favorable for micro-organisms to grow rapidly as compared to dry environment.
By Aditi Tyagi