How often should we change our toothbrush and what kind to choose: manual or electric.
Did you know that the earliest forms of the toothbrush existed 6,000 years ago? At the time, it was a rod with attached fibers that removed food debris. Fortunately, the design of the brush has evolved and today we can find it in different models, colors and designs. Nevertheless, its concept is preserved.
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our patients is "How often should I change my toothbrush?"
World dental organizations as well as toothbrush manufacturers recommend this to happen every 3-4 months. One of the best indicators of replacement is the visible deformation of the fibers or their fading and thinning. It is important to note that in people with braces, the brushes wear out faster than usual.
Also, dentists at Medstom dental clinics recommend that the brushes be replaced when healing after viral and bacterial infections or when aphthae appear in the oral cavity. This is necessary in order to prevent re-infection or the formation of adverse allergic reactions.
Each toothbrush contains bacteria that normally inhabit it, but if we want to reduce their number, it is necessary to rinse under warm running water after each use. It is also extremely important to store it in a dry place. The use of caps or boxes before reaching 100% dryness of the fibers is not recommended.
As for the choice of brush, it turns out that the market is oversaturated with opportunities. There are different types to choose from
Although an "old-fashioned" way, this type of toothbrush remains the most popular choice for brushing teeth. They are widely available and inexpensive. One of the most basic elements to consider when choosing this type of brush is its hardness. Many people think that the harder they are inserted into the brush, the better it cleans. Brushing with hard bristles can damage tooth enamel. Medstom dentists recommend the use of brushes with soft and thin bristles. One of the benefits of having stopped electrics is that they clean better from the gum to the tooth. In this way, plaque does not accumulate on the gums.
In recent years, this type of brush has become very popular on the market. They are an alternative to hand brushing. Thanks to their moving head and vibration, brushing teeth has become child's play. This is the main reason they are increasingly preferred by people. Electric brushes have different modes, such as a built-in timer, a mode for sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, etc. Of all these, it is most important to choose a brush that meets your needs, and here again it is important to consider the shape and size of the brush head.
A number of studies have shown that both manual and electric toothbrushes can be equally effective during routine hygiene.