Nothing beats a good toothbrush and toothpaste when it comes to keeping your smile clean. There are a variety of toothbrushes and toothpaste on the market, but most of us agree that electric toothbrushes are the most effective.
The most common types of toothbrushes include:
The American Dental Association advises brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, with a soft-bristled toothbrush. When brushing, you should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
When it comes to choosing a new toothbrush, you have several options to choose from. Electric toothbrushes have advanced quite a bit over the last few years, and while they aren’t for everyone, they do have some benefits that traditional toothbrushes can’t offer.
However, one of the simplest and most effective toothbrush types you can choose is a manual toothbrush. These toothbrushes are cost-effective, and they do an excellent job of removing plaque and bacteria. The only thing to keep in mind when choosing a toothbrush is making sure that the bristles are soft enough so as not to harm the gums.
You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If you have a removable brush head, you should change it every three to four weeks. You should replace your brush sooner if the bristles are frayed or bent. These microbes can find their way back into your mouth, and they can make you sick.
The bristles of your brush can become worn out with time, so it’s important to keep your brush clean and replace it regularly.
Start by soaking the toothbrush in a cup of warm water. Then, use your thumb and forefinger to squeeze the bristles. Empty the moisture from the bristles, and then gently tap the toothbrush against a countertop. This will help remove any excess toothpaste.
After brushing your teeth, you should always rinse your toothbrush’s head thoroughly with tap water. This removes the toothpaste and dental debris from your toothbrush, so it will not sit stagnantly and potentially harbor bacteria.
Put your toothbrush in a dry location, such as a drawer, to store it.
Also, don’t share your toothbrush. This can spread germs and bacteria from one person’s mouth to another.
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