What to remember when buying a new toothbrush
In order to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy, you should brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for about two minutes last thing at night and at least one other time during the day.
It is important to change your toothbrush after recovering from symptoms of cold or flu to prevent any chance of reinfection from germs caught in the brush. Otherwise, you should replace your brush either when it begins to show wear and tear or if you have used it for three months, whichever comes first.
What should I look for in a toothbrush?
Choosing between an electrical or manual toothbrush doesn’t really matter. Both are equally good, as long as you brush all surfaces of all your teeth using the correct strength of fluoride toothpaste. Some people find it easier to clean their teeth more thoroughly with an electric toothbrush.
An electric toothbrush may work better if you;
- Have limited manual dexterity
- Tend to brush too vigorously
- Need help ensuring you brush for the proper amount of time
- Get advice from your dentist to do a better job of cleaning your teeth
For most adults, a small head and a compact, angled arrangement of long and short round end bristles will be sufficient. Medium or soft bristles generally work best as harder bristles can cause damage to the gum.
If you choose to use an electric brush – one with an oscillating or rotating head may work better than a manual toothbrush.