What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
With so many shapes, sizes and styles of toothbrushes on the market, deciding which kind to buy can be confusing. Here’s what you should look for:
Manual vs. Electric – Which Toothbrush is Better?
Many patients and parents ask about electric toothbrushes. Remember that the same amount of time should be used with a mechanical brush as with a manual one. If that is done, the mechanical toothbrush will be equal to or more effective at removing debris than a manual toothbrush. However, a regular toothbrush can perform similarly and perform as well. Children can benefit from the use of electric toothbrushes, however children should learn how to brush teeth properly with a manual brush. Then they can transfer the pattern to using an electric toothbrush. Most dentists recommend a quality electric toothbrush over a manual one.
How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?
Researchers have established that thousands of microbes can grow on toothbrush bristles and handles. Most are harmless while others can cause cold and flu viruses, the herpes virus that causes cold sores, staphylococcus bacteria responsible for many ear, nose and throat infections, and bacteria that can cause periodontal infections. After a while, toothbrush bristles wear down and become breeding grounds for bacteria. Studies show people can become re-infected with all kinds of bacteria from their own toothbrushes. By replacing their toothbrushes more often, we can prevent a lot of illnesses.
Listed below are some helpful tips to protect toothbrushes from germs and bacteria:
People with gum problems, other oral diseases, or weakened immune system should changes brushes more often. In addition, people with a respiratory illess or other infectious disease whould change brushes at the beginning of the illness, again when they first feel better, and once again wheny they are well. Toothbrushes should be changed everyday for patients who are recovering from major surgery because susceptibility to infections is higher at that time.
Remember to call your dentist or orthodontist to schedule a consultation for your specific dental needs.