Brush away that morning breath. And after every meal. But at least three times a day. And before you go to bed. Oh, you gotta love that toothbrush. What would you do without it? You'd probably be very lonely. Because no one likes bad breath or black cavity ruins formerly known as teeth. Healthy white teeth - that's what you want to show off, when smiling. Thanks to oral hygiene and your toothbrush. So, you should use your toothbrush every day. But what kind of toothbrush is the right one for you?
Angled heads, oscillating tufts, singing handles: Choose your favorite Toothbrush
Soft, medium or hard bristles, angled heads, straight ones, raised bristles, electric brushes that play music: you name it, toothbrushes come in all shapes, sounds, colors and sizes. But is one better than the other? There is no real evidence, that one kind is better at removing plaque than the other. But there is proof, that it's all about brushing. Thorough and effective brushing - at least two to three minutes each time.
In order to reach even the most hidden corners of your mouth and teeth, you should make sure, that the head of your toothbrush is small enough. Soft bristles reduce the risk of hurting your gums.
Time for a new toothbrush
Frayed bristles are a sure indices for you to change your toothbrush, or if you're using an electric toothbrush, to change the head. Not only are old toothbrushes ineffective, but they may harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infections such as gingivitis or periodontitis. So be sure to exchange your old toothbrush for a new one every three months.
Which is better, an electric or manual toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes aren't that much more effective than manual toothbrushes, but they do have one big plus: It's fun using them. So, if you're a lazy brusher, an electric toothbrush might just do the trick.