Why Brushing Your Teeth Is Necessary
Brushing your teeth is an essential component of good oral hygiene. The main reason you need to brush your teeth is to remove plaque to prevent cavities and gum disease. For the best results, you should brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. To brush your teeth adequately, you need the right toothbrush at the right time.
How to Choose the Right Toothbrush
As you shop for a new toothbrush, you’ll find a wide range of options. Here’s some guidance related to common toothbrush features to help you select the right toothbrush.
- Bristle Type. A soft-bristled toothbrush is the best choice. Toothbrushes with hard or medium bristles can damage your gums and tooth enamel, which is the hard tissue that protects the rest of your tooth.
- Head size. The head of your toothbrush should be no bigger than one inch long and a half-inch wide. Larger head sizes make it difficult to reach all of your teeth.
- Powered or manual. Whether you choose a powered (electric) or manual toothbrush is a matter of personal preference. Several studies have revealed both manual and powered toothbrushes are effective at removing plaque. Research hasn’t shown powered toothbrushes are better at plaque removal. Electric toothbrushes are far more expensive. However, the extra expense may be worthwhile. You may find a powered toothbrush easier to use if you have dexterity problems due to arthritis, injury, or disability.
When to Get a New Toothbrush
You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. You should replace it sooner if your toothbrush shows obvious signs of wear. Worn toothbrushes are less effective at cleaning.
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