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Although it sounds trivial, choosing a toothbrush can have a huge impact on dental and oral he alth. If you use the wrong toothbrush, your teeth and gums can actually hurt. In order for the toothbrush to function optimally and not damage it, know how to choose a toothbrush and how to care for it
Currently there are many variations of shapes and brands of toothbrushes that are sold freely on the market. However, regardless of the variety of toothbrushes available, you should prioritize the one that works optimally and is most comfortable for you.
Tips for Choosing the Right Toothbrush
Here are some things to consider when choosing the right toothbrush.
Choose a toothbrush head with a tapered tip, so that it is easier for the toothbrush to reach the entire surface of the teeth to the very tip. The handle also needs to be long enough to make it easier for you to move it.
Select a toothbrush that is the right size for your mouth. For children, choose a toothbrush that is appropriate for their age. A toothbrush that is too small can make it difficult for you to brush all of your teeth and take up more time. Meanwhile, a toothbrush that is too large in the mouth can nudge and injure the gums.
Brush bristle type
Choosing the type of bristles actually depends on how hard you brush your teeth and the strength of your gums and teeth. Toothbrush labels often say soft, medium, or hard.
If you have sensitive teeth or gums that bleed easily, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush. Soft toothbrush bristles are actually more recommended for the general public because there is less risk of hurting the gums.
Toothbrush bristles that are medium (medium) or hard (hard) are indeed more effective in cleaning dental plaque. However, the bristles of this type of brush can damage your gums, roots and even the protective layer of your teeth if you brush too hard.
Electric toothbrush can be the right choice of toothbrush for certain people, such as people with arthritis or the elderly with stiffness in their hands, arms, or shoulders. People who use braces are also easier and more precise when cleaning teeth and wires if they use an electric toothbrush.
Although the price of an electric toothbrush is quite expensive compared to a manual toothbrush, the effectiveness of these two types of toothbrushes is not much different.As long as you brush your teeth the right way, both manual and electric toothbrushes are equally effective at removing plaque on your teeth and gums.
Tips for Caring for Toothbrush
The tools you use every day to clean your teeth are not necessarily clean. However, there are some tips that you can apply to take care of your toothbrush to keep it clean, including:
- Wash the toothbrush under tap water to remove food debris or toothpaste foam residue.
- After use, do not place a wet toothbrush in the lid.
- Place the toothbrush on a shelf or in an open cup, so the bristles can dry. Position the toothbrush head on top.
- Avoid touching between toothbrushes when stored
- Avoid lending or borrowing toothbrushes to others because there is a risk of spreading infection-causing bacteria and viruses.
- Soak the toothbrush in an antibacterial mouth wash every few days to kill the bacteria that have accumulated on the bristles of the toothbrush.
- Avoid boiling or heating the toothbrush to kill bacteria as this will only damage the toothbrush.
- Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the bristles look unusable.
Toothbrushes have a big role in maintaining the he alth and hygiene of teeth and mouth. The tips for choosing a toothbrush above are important for you to apply, because often the wrong toothbrush can actually injure and increase tooth and gum problems.
Also pay attention to how to take care of it, because a toothbrush that is not maintained will not be effective in cleaning teeth and mouth. In addition, don't forget to check your teeth with the dentist at least every 6 months, so that your oral he alth is always monitored.