How Often To Change Your Tooth Brush; Choosing The Right Toothbrush; and Manual vs. Electric – So Many Choices….
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s flu season is off to a fast start and all indications suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season. If you’re one of the many currently suffering from the current flu, you know its a rough one. While many people are stocking their medicine cabinet with cold and sick day supplies, don’t forget to add a new toothbrush to your list.
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.
When it comes to protecting toothbrushes from germs and bacteria, below is a list of some helpful tips:
Choosing The Right Toothbrush – What Type of Toothbrush Should You Use?
The dental products aisle can be a little overwhelming with endless choices available to us – so many shapes, sizes and styles of toothbrushes on the market shelves, deciding which kind to buy can be confusing and often times difficult to know which ones really are more effective in keeping your oral health in check. Here’s what you should look for:
Manual vs. Electric – Which Toothbrush is Better?
The most important factor in choosing either a manual or electric toothbrush is to assure that a minimum of “two minutes a day, twice a day” is met every day. The mechanical (electric) toothbrush has a slight edge over the manual toothbrush in reducing dental plaque and gum inflammation, and can also improve recession and sensitivity caused by improper brushing. For those who do not have the dexterity or grip needed to operate a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush is a great option as it is easy to hold and takes care of the rotating action for you.
One of the advantages of the manual toothbrushes is that you have more control over the way that you brush your teeth. You can decide how fast and how hard to brush your teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. This results in a more comfortable cleaning for those who have sensitive areas in their mouth or who find the constant vibrations of electric toothbrushes to be aggravating.
In the end, the most effective tools for cleaning your teeth are the ones that you will use. Manual or electric is simply a matter of personal choice. If you are comfortable with your current oral hygiene regimen, there is probably no reason to alter it.
Call your dentist or orthodontist today to schedule a consultation for your specific dental needs.