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Do you know your toothbrush?

What is a toothbrush?

The toothbrush is to clean the teeth, tongue and gums. It has a head which comes in various size and shape. The head consists of tightly clustered bristles made out of mostly nylon. The strands are of soft, medium or hard. The head is attached to a handle which helps in holding the toothbrush, and they come in various sizes and shapes. The toothbrushes also categorised into manual and powered toothbrushes.

How often should you change the toothbrush?

Replace your toothbrush, every two to three months there are no specific guidelines for it, but a simple thumb of rule is if the bristles of your toothbrush look frayed then it’s time to change the toothbrush.

How long should you brush your teeth?

Brush your teeth two times a day for at least two minutes, also include flossing into your schedule for good oral health. To know more about flossing click here

How to select the size of your toothbrush head?

The dentists generally recommend the below
For Adults: 22mm-28mm X 10mm – 13mm
For Children: 20mm X 10mm
No mandatory guideline. Small headed toothbrushes are best suited for smaller mouths and also is very efficient in reaching to the back of the mouth.

When to use soft, medium or hard bristled toothbrushes

Soft-bristled toothbrush:
Soft-bristled is the most recommended by the dentists, and if you have sensitive gums, then they might recommend extra-soft bristled toothbrushes as well. Both children, as well as adults, can use these. Soft-bristled brushes are gentle on the teeth as well as on the gums.

A medium bristled toothbrush:
Many of them feel very comfortable using the medium bristled toothbrush, also the feeling that they clean better than the soft-bristled.
The medium bristled toothbrush can be hard on the gums if pressure is applied while brushing.

Hard bristled toothbrush:
A hard-bristled toothbrush is not recommended for everyday usage, and it is not good for your gums and the enamel of your teeth. Hard bristles are used for cleaning dentures or occasionally can be used for teeth which have been stained.

Facts on how to care for your toothbrush click here

Some not so known facts about your toothbrush click here

The Evolution of a toothbrush click here

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