5 quick facts about your tooth brush

Tooth brushing is the best and the easiest way to remove dental plaque. Learning the right method of brushing and selecting a good tooth brush helps you achieve good dental hygiene. Once you have chosen a good brush, you have to take care of your dental tool. Here are 5 pointers about your tooth brush you should know.

What are toothbrushes made of?

A tooth brush is your basic tool to clean teeth. Your tooth brush is made of the handle and the head, which has the bristles. Most commercial toothbrushes use plastic for the handle because plastic is more resistant to bacterial action. If you don’t like to use a plastic toothbrush, you can pick up a bamboo tooth brush. The bristles of your brush is made of nylon, which is a synthetic fibre.  Some manufacturers use pig hair for the bristles.

Which is the best tooth brush?

A good tooth brush is one that suits your needs. Generally, dentists recommend a tooth brush that is easy to hold and has soft nylon bristles. Brushes with nylon bristles are easy to clean and maintain. Most commercially available brushes are made according to the specifications of regulatory bodies. The size of the head of the brush is important for effective cleaning. A small head size is easier to use to clean even the back teeth properly. 

Can tooth brushing damage teeth?

Dental plaque is an invisible deposit on your teeth that can damage your gums and teeth. Your tooth brush is the best aid to remove this plaque. However, using your tooth brush correctly is important. Incorrect brushing and using undue pressure while brushing can damage you gums and teeth. Talk to your dentist, who will guide you on the best brushing methods.

How can I keep my tooth brush clean?

Your tooth brush is the most essential tool in your dental health armamentarium. Keeping your brush clean becomes as important as cleaning your teeth. You can follow these tips to keep your tooth brush clean

  • Rinse your brush with normal water before putting on the tooth paste.
  • Always keep your brush dry after use. Moist bristles encourage bacterial growth.
  • Keep your brush upright with the bristles end facing up.
  • Avoid sun drying your tooth brush.
  • Rinse your brush well after use to remove all traces of tooth paste.

How often should I change my tooth brush?

Dentist recommend that you change your tooth brush once in 3-4 months. The first signs of fraying of the bristles is an indication to change your brush. If you are using a powered tooth brush, then it is recommended that you change the head once in 3-4 months. Never share you tooth brush with others. You should also remember to change your tooth brush after recovering from an illness or after your routine scaling procedure or after a gum surgery. This is advisable so that the bacteria and germs are not carried to the post recovery phase.

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