Our smile is our business card. But healthy teeth also contribute to good overall health. That is why it is important to pay attention to a good and comprehensive dental care. Regular, thorough cleaning of the oral cavity (at least twice a day), twice a year for a check-up to the dentist and a good toothbrush – these are three important basic rules. But also a few more rules should be observed in the daily oral hygiene.
When do you have to change your toothbrush?
Once a year do you buy a new toothbrush in the supermarket or in the drugstore? That’s too rare for those who brush their teeth at least twice a day on average. Many bristles bend, the delicate cleaning instruments wear out, and the tips become dull.
On the one hand, this means that you will not be able to achieve optimal cleaning results with such worn-out toothbrushes, on the other hand, the slanted bristles of the brush can easily damage your sensitive gums.
As soon as your toothbrush lets the bristles hang, action is required.
What to Pay Attention to When Buying a Toothbrush
When buying a toothbrush, you have the choice between different models. Above all, it is important to buy one with not too hard bristles, because this damages both the gums and the teeth themselves.
Rather grab a soft or medium-hard toothbrush. The following applies: For sensitive teeth, which are very sensitive to temperature, soft bristles are recommended. Other important criteria for the matching toothbrush are:
- a not too long head of the brush, with which you reach the complete oral cavity
- a good grip in the hand for optimal movements when brushing your teeth.
The Better Your Care For Your Toothbrush, the Longer It Will Last
In order to keep your toothbrush in good condition for as long as possible, you must follow various rules. So it is important to clean the toothbrush after brushing your teeth under the hot water from the tap. Carefully push the bristles of the brush apart so that the water rinses out even smallest residue.
It is also important that the toothbrush dries well after use. Otherwise, bacteria and fungi multiply here, preferring above all a moist environment. When storing, ensure that your toothbrush does not come into contact with other toothbrushes – for example, those of other family members or roommates.
If each brush is stored separately, germs cannot be transferred. If you want to be on the safe side when it comes to cleaning, you can buy cleaning tabs from the drugstore that are designed for toothbrush hygiene. This is the most effective way to combat bacteria.
A little tip: Always keep the toothbrush upright for storage, preferably in a toothbrush cup. In this way, you ensure that the individual bristles dry quickly and bacterial proliferation is restricted.
How often you should change your toothbrush?
Dentists and experts advise changing the toothbrush about every two months. However, if the brush already has any defects, a direct change is advisable. You also need to change the toothbrush if you have had the flu or a severe cold because many times different pathogens are still on the bristles.
Whether you decide to purchase an electric toothbrush or a standard toothbrush is up to you. Keep in mind, however, that the electric models promise more intensive cleaning, thanks to the many revolutions per minute and, in addition, they automatically perform the cleaning movements adapted to the teeth.
For expert advice on the type of toothbrush to purchase and any other dental questions, call Dr. Manfredi at Artista Dental Studio today!