Toothbrush – Which one?
When choosing a toothbrush, do you choose a toothbrush with hard bristles, soft bristles or medium bristles, and what is the difference – if any?
If you have sensitive teeth and gums it is recommended that you choose a medium or soft bristled brush, as this will be less harsh. A soft bristled brush is also recommended if you have had a dental procedure and need to take care when cleaning your teeth and gums. Many people mistakenly believe that if you use a soft bristled brush your teeth are not being cleaned properly, this is not the case. A soft bristled or even extra soft bristled toothbrush will clean your teeth just as efficiently as a hard bristled toothbrush.
Hard bristled toothbrushes are favoured by people who believe that they are more effective in cleaning teeth and better at removing plaque and stains, although as previously stated this is not the case. Personal preference has a lot to do with which type of bristles you choose, but as long as your toothbrush is comfortable and ‘feels right’ you will have made the right choice.
Toothbrushes vary in shape and size. Some are designed to clean around the teeth, while some are designed to clean the teeth and the gum line.
Your toothbrush should be replaced at least every three months, as this will ensure that any bacteria which collects on the brush is kept to a minimum.
Electric toothbrushes are now becoming very popular, again these vary in shape and style. One advantage of an electronic toothbrush is that the inbuilt timer encourages you to clean your teeth for the fully recommended duration.
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