Oscillating tufts, angled heads and handles that have the ability to change colour; you name it, toothbrushes are available in all shapes, sizes and colours each promising to be better than all the others on the market. But there is no amount of research that suggests that the design of one toothbrush is much better at tackling plaque than another. The one thing that matters is that you pick a brush that does what it should and that is brushing your teeth.
The importance of good oral hygiene cannot be ignored; it is vital for your general wellbeing but more importantly it is essential for your dental health to prevent the risk of gum disease from developing. Did you know that gum disease is the contributing factor for other serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease?
The best thing you can do is to ensure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly. Due to diets high in saturated fats and sugar the majority of mouth woes are the victim of plaque. This sticky later can easily attach to your teeth and if left un-brushed will inevitably turn to acid, the main cause of cavities.
Many of us learnt how to brush our teeth when we were young and this method has stuck with us well into adulthood, but this does not mean it is the correct way of brushing.
What types of brushes are available?
There are many types of toothbrushes on the market designed to meet different requirements.
A medium or soft bristled brush: Recommended by your dentist at Alkali Dental Studios, London for those individuals that suffer from sensitive teeth and gums or has recently had dental treatment. Lots of people are against extra soft bristled brushes as there is a misconception that they are not effective at removing plaque and stains, but this is completely untrue.
Various shapes and size bristles: Toothbrush technology has come a long way. Toothbrushes can feature a cup shape which has the ability to clean around the teeth whereas a diagonal bristle will clean and remove plaque from the sides of the teeth. Brush heads are now available in different sizes as the market is very aware that people’s mouths are not the same size.
A manual or powered toothbrush? Both are highly effective at maintaining good oral hygiene. Children normally show a preference towards powered because they find it easier to handle plus they can make brushing more fun. Your dentist would probably recommend an electric toothbrush as they are more effective when used properly. Whichever you choose be sure to use it twice a day for at least the recommended brushing time of three minutes.
As soon as your toothbrush shows signs of wear and tear it is time to replace it. The recommended period is three months. Many people also forget to replace their toothbrush after a cold as the germs have a habit of collecting to the brush which can unfortunately lead to reinfection.
If you are not sure what toothbrush bristle is for you, remember to ask your dentist at Alkali Dental Studios in London for a recommendation. The best toothbrush to you is one that you feel most comfortable using day in day out.