Now, pretty much everyone knows brushing their teeth is important. Two questions still remain, though: which toothbrush is the best and how often should you replace it?
Let’s talk about kids, honey
Your kid needs to like the brush, so choose one he or she actually enjoys using. Soft bristles won’t do any harm to anyone, but they are especially good for kids. Let them emotionally invest in the process. Let them choose.
We, the adults
There are a few things you should consider when picking a good toothbrush.
- Think about the size. You need easy access to every surface of your teeth. The ideal size for any adult is 1,3 cm wide with a 2,5 cm tall head. Make sure the handle is long enough for you to hold comfortably. Don’t share your toothbrush with your kids! It will be too big for them and will hurt their mouths.
- And about bristle variety. We’re pretty sure a well-made, soft-bristled toothbrush with rounded tips is the best option. Brushing your teeth vigorously with a medium or hard bristle brush may damage your gums, root surface and enamel. If you’re looking for an electric toothbrush, make sure it is safe to use. If you’re still not sure, do talk to us.
- So is an electric brush actually better? Well, there’s no clear answer apart from the answer, that whatever feels good is good. It’s far more important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and do it properly. Other things you should consider, though, are cost, effectiveness and safety. Electric brushes are obviously more expensive than manual ones and there’s little difference in effectiveness. Some studies suggest an electric toothbrush could increase the number of bacteria in your bloodstream. If you’re healthy and have a normal immune system, as well as a healthy heart, you should be fine.
Replacing your toothbrush
Well, take a look and you’ll know: a toothbrush with a shaggy look needs to be replaced immediately. It’s a good idea to replace your own brush every 3-4 months and that of your kids even more often.