The Right Toothbrush For Me
There are two different types of toothbrushes to consider – a manual toothbrush & an electric toothbrush.
– A manual toothbrush makes no noise, it is portable and probably not as bulky as an electric toothbrush. It is ready to use every time you need it as it doesn’t have to be fully charged, you are also in complete control as to how much pressure is applied to your teeth and gums. It should always be soft or it could damage your teeth and gums.
– An electric toothbrush requires charging and usually comes with a
lot of contents making it more difficult to take along when travelling.
However, the rotating movements of the bristles make it much easier for
you to clean between the teeth and at gum level. Most electric
toothbrushes have sensors built-in which make sure you brush for long
enough and a red warning light may flash if you are brushing too hard.
In order to maintain your toothbrush it is recommended that after brushing you rinse the toothbrush under tap water to wash away any lingering toothpaste and saliva. Store the toothbrush in an upwards position with the bristles in a spot they can air dry.
A toothbrush stored in a closed container will cause a build-up of bacteria, this is why it’s best to let the toothbrush fully dry between each use.
You should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, at least. The bristles on toothbrushes become frayed and worn out with use over time and the effect of your toothbrush and how it cleans your teeth and gums will decrease.
Each unique patient is different of course, for example children brush more vigorously than adults so probably need their toothbrushes replaced sooner.
Be sure to choose the type of toothbrush that feels most comfortable for you and makes you want to brush your teeth regularly !!!