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Choosing the right toothbrush

Throughout time, toothbrushes have evolved. There use to be toothbrushes with nylon bristles, they started becoming common back in the late 1930, when people had no choice when it came to toothbrushes other than the sizes and the colors. Now, however the toothbrushes are about as diverse as smartphones. A toothbrush pack of four can be bought for the same price as a chocolate bar or an electric toothbrush hundred times more expensive. What this means is it is essential to make smart choices when choosing a brush as it is the main method of keeping our teeth clean.

When buying a toothbrush, there are several factors that should be considered: the size of the brush, the hardness of the bristles, the way you use it and it all comes down with your personal preference. You should brush your teeth with a toothbrush that has a head that is small enough to fit in the back of your mouth so you can clean all your teeth. Also, it should have relatively soft bristles, specially for small children, as hard bristles do not get your teeth any cleaner, in fact they can even harm the enamel and your gums with the passage of time, your gums can even bleed if you use them too vigorously. On the other hand bristles too soft will be unable to properly clean your teeth too gently. Another argument is between electric and manual toothbrushes, while electric logically should be more effective than manual ones as they stimulate the cleaning motion on their own too in addition to your own movement, but several studies have shown that the cleanliness of teeth in either case don’t differ considerably. In short, what matters more is how you use your toothbrush rather than which one you use, let it be the potential damage to your teeth or getting rid of cavity build up.

It is safe to say that you can choose any toothbrush as long as it has the Seal Of Approval from the ADA meaning it has been tested for safety, and that you can use it with ease and comfort. However, asking your dentist for advice is still recommended as each individual has a different mouth and the dentist can give you guidance on your particular needs.

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