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Choosing a toothbrush seems like a simple task but walking down the aisle of the local drug store you will see countless options. The options can be overwhelming if you are unsure of what to look for. In many cases, toothbrush choice comes down to preference. The best toothbrush you can buy is one you will use at least 2x a day. Below you will find some tips on how to choose the right toothbrush for you.

Toothbrush Tips

-Should You Use A Manual Toothbrush Or An Electric Toothbrush? – Both types are very effective at maintaining dental hygiene. However, for some the electric toothbrush will work better. This includes children, those with limited dexterity, and many seniors. It all comes down to choice and preference here. Manual toothbrushing can be just as effective as using an electric toothbrush in the right hands.

-Hard Or Soft Bristles? – Stay away from toothbrushes with hard bristles. They are unnecessary and will end up doing more harm than good. Soft bristled toothbrushes are more than capable to remove plaque and food debris from our teeth. The goal is to clean our teeth not to damage them or the surrounding tissues.

-Small Or Large Brush Head? - This comes down to personal preference. A good toothbrush is one that is able to reach all areas of the mouth and also be comfortable. If a smaller brush head is more comfortable for you then choose that one.

-Toothbrush handle. Again, this comes down to comfort. Some toothbrushes have a grip to them and some do not. Use what is comfortable for you.

-American Dental Association (ADA) Seal Of Approval. This seal is earned by the toothbrush manufacturer once it proves its toothbrush is safe and effective in brushing our teeth. The ADA states that for a toothbrush to qualify for a seal of approval it must meet the following criteria:

-All components of the toothbrush are safe for use in the mouth.
-Toothbrush bristles are not sharp or jagged, and will not fall out with normal usage.
-Handle material has been shown to be durable with normal usage.
-The toothbrush can be used by the average adult to significantly decrease gingivitis and plaque build up.
-Electric toothbrushes must meet additional safety requirements. This includes undergoing at least one clinical investigation to show the product is safe and effective for use.

-When Should I Replace My Toothbrush? – A toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months or sooner if you notice the bristles are beginning to wear down. A worn down toothbrush will not maintain your dental hygiene as effectively as a newer one. It is a minimal cost to maintain your beautiful smile. Also, if you get sick, you should change toothbrushes after getting better so you are not reinfecting yourself with bad germs.

Toothbrush Choice Conclusion

So, the bottom line is to choose a toothbrush that is most comfortable for you to use. After all, if the toothbrush is uncomfortable to you, you will not use it effectively or regularly. See your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and dental examinations.

Your toothbrush is an essential part of maintaining any oral hygiene regimen.Walking down any oral health aisle in a drug  will show you dozens of different toothbrushes and other oral health aids. How do you choose the right toothbrush for you? Also, once you do make that toothbrush selection, do you know how to care for it properly?

Choosing The Right Toothbrush

The best toothbrush for you is one that fits in your hands properly, reaches all areas, is soft, and easy to use. Toothbrushes come in different shapes, softness, and sizes for a reason, we all have different size hands and mouths. You want a handle that is able to allow you to hold it firmly. You also want a properly sized toothbrush head with soft bristles that is able to fit easily into all areas of the mouth. It is critical to be able to reach everywhere to maintain good oral hygiene.

Electric Vs Manual

There is always a question of electric vs manual  toothbrushes. While, the electric toothbrush cleans more effectively, it is not for everyone. Whether it be cost, storage, charging, vibration sensitivity or personal preferences, the electric toothbrush may not be your number 1 choice. Use what works best for you, just brush with proper technique, and thoroughly.  Electric toothbrushes are especially important for those with orthodontic braces, older population, and those who just need a little extra help to keep their teeth clean. It is important to use a light touch when using an electric toothbrush, and to let it do the brushing, not you.  The oscillating heads can be harsher on your teeth and gums than a manual toothbrush when you scrub with it instead of placing it on one tooth at a time.

How Often Should You Change Your Brush?

Keeping a toothbrush too long will lead to an ineffective toothbrush. As a toothbrush gets used, it begins to fray and collect dangerous bacteria. The recommended rate of change is every 3-4 months for both manual toothbrushes and electric brush heads. A good tip is, if you develop a bad cold or the flu in between that time, you should change toothbrushes after the illness is over. This is to avoid reintroducing that bacteria back into your system. Might even consider using a disposable toothbrush while sick.

Cleaning And Storing Your Toothbrush

Proper toothbrush use should include rinsing thoroughly after each use to remove any excess toothpaste as well as any debris that may be left on it. A good tip will be to soak your toothbrush in an antiseptic rinse to eliminate any bacteria they may be harbored on your brush. Do not leave your toothbrush near the toilet area as the bacteria from the toilet can easily travel to your brush  upon flushing. If you keep it in the cabinet, dry it off before putting it away. There are also ultra violet tooth sanitizers that you can use.

Toothbrushes should be stored so that they are able to air dry. This usually means storing them upright either in the medicine cabinet or near the sink. Bacteria generally need a moist environment to grow and prosper. Another good tip is to never share your toothbrush with anyone, as it can lead to transmission of disease and bacteria.

Toothbrush Conclusion

A clean, effective toothbrush is necessary to keep up your oral hygiene on a regular basis. Brushing should be done at least two times per day for a minimum of 2 minutes each time. Keep track of how often you change your brush, and keep the holder clean and disinfected as well. As always visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations, professional cleanings, and new toothbrushes!

 

Taking a short or even a long trip is usually a fun experience but it can be stressful when it comes to what to pack. We try so hard not to forget the essentials, like packing

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Maintain Your Dental Hygiene While On The Road.

enough socks, underwear,shoes, etc. We try to be prepared for whatever the weather, and events the trip might involve. With all of hustle and bustle, many people overlook bringing travel friendly dental hygiene products with them when on the road. Maintaining our dental hygiene while on the road can pay real dividends to your dental health and your overall health. So what are some of the best dental products to keep up with our dental hygiene when on the road?

Best Dental Hygiene Products For Travel

The key to any of these products will be the actual use and the size. As we all know size is always an issue when packing especially when going on an airline these days.

-Traveling Manual Toothbrush. The traveling manual toothbrush may be a simple tool but it does perform well. It simply folds in half so the bristles are protected from dirt and bacteria while traveling. A good example of this is the Colgate traveling folding toothbrush. Just do not forget to brush regularly while on vacation.

-Travel size Electric ToothbrushSimilar to the at home version but just smaller. A very good example of this is the VIOlight Travel Toothbrush.  It runs on 2 AAA batteries and delivers quite a punch while weighing only 2 ounces. The best part about these brushes is they come in different colors and designs so no one in your family can mix up brushes.

-Toothbrush cover caps. If you don’t want to buy a special toothbrush, use your usual one, but pack it with cover cap. Colored plastic snap-on covers to keep your toothbrush from dripping on your other items, and to keep it clean. The different colors help you distinguish toothbrushes. These are very inexpensive, a package of 4 can be found in a dollar store.

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-Travel Size Fluoride Toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste is the cornerstone of any good dental hygiene regimen. You can bring the sample sized toothpaste you get from your hygienist at your next cleaning.

-Floss or flossers. Floss or packs of flossers are tiny and take up little space but pack quite a punch when it comes to dental hygiene.

-Travel size Mouthwash. Remember to keep this small(3.4 oz. or less). If this is in your carry-on, you will not be able to bring it on board if it is not the acceptable size. You don’t want to have to discard a larger bottle of mouthrinse. Remember, according to TSA regulations, all carry-on liquids must be 3.4 oz. or less and placed in a quart sized Ziploc bag, only one bag per passenger.

-Waterpik Flosser Travel Size. The waterpik is an excellent adjunct to any dental hygiene program. If this is a product you use at home, then you would not want to leave without it.

Dental Hygiene Tips While Traveling

-Do not forget to brush after every meal. If you are unable to brush immediately, rinse with water after every meal.

-Limit snacking.

-Carry sugar free gum with xylitol to chew if you are unable to brush.

-Always brush and floss before bed.

Dental Hygiene Conclusion

Maintaining good dental hygiene at home can be challenging, so doing it while traveling may be even more difficult. Our dental hygiene needs to be a routine in our daily lives even when we are far from home. To maintain good dental health as well as overall health becomes easier over time. The results of a good dental hygiene regimen are well worth it in the end.

Toothbrush – A brush with a long handle used for cleaning teeth.

There are so many different kinds of toothbrushes on the market today. These range from colorful toothbrushes, musical toothbrushes, light up toothbrushes, to just plain

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Electric Toothbrush Vs Manual Toothbrush

old fashioned ones. For the most part the colors and lights on toothbrushes add nothing to the actual brushing. But there is an alternative to the old fashioned manual toothbrush. That is the electric toothbrush which adds quite a bit to the functionality of the brush.

Toothbrushes with nylon bristles first came to market during the 1930′s. Now there are literally hundreds of different kinds of oral hygiene products lining the shelves of your local store, making the right choices ever more confusing.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

There are some general guidelines most people follow when choosing a toothbrush that is right for them. These include:

-Size of Bristle Head and handle. We are all not the same size and that goes for the sizes of our mouths as well. The perfect size toothbrush will allow patients to have good access to their entire mouth. If the bristle head of the toothbrush is too large you will have a hard time reaching towards the back especially in the upper and lower molar region,where space becomes tight. Toothbrushes generally come in a large size and a regular adult size. If an adult needs a smaller size than the regular adult they can get the largest children’s size toothbrush. Length of the handle is also a factor. The toothbrush must have a long enough handle to allow access to the back of the mouth. Some handles are made wider for a more comfortable grip. Whatever toothbrush you choose make sure it allows you to do the best job of cleaning your teeth correctly.

-Type of Toothbrush Bristle. The bristles come in three types of hardness: soft, medium, and hard nylon bristles. Most dentists recommend the soft bristled toothbrush for safety. A brush that is too hard can actually damage your teeth and gums if you are too aggressive a brusher. Another tip is to select bristles that have rounded edges for even more protection of the soft tissues in the mouth.

Introduction of the Electric Toothbrush

The electric toothbrush was a great innovation. It was important especially for those with limited dexterity who were unable to properly maintain their oral hygiene the right way. It was also thought to be more fun for adults and children. A novel approach generally results in brushing for longer and more often. Later, electric toothbrushes began to help with other brushing issues, such as being less abrasive, using wave motions to massage and clean more thoroughly, and refining shape for comfort and ease of use.

Advantages of an Electric Toothbrush

The electric toothbrush has a few advantages over the manual toothbrush. These include:

-Larger handles. Most electric toothbrushes have larger handles which are easier to handle and hold while tooth brushing. These toothbrushes have been designed in more modern times and tend to reflect that in their designs.

-Built in Timers. Most electric toothbrushes have some sort of built in timer. The recommended time for

each brushing session is about 2 minutes. This gives you enough time to adequately clean all the teeth in your mouth and not just the ones you can see.

-Preference. Many patients enjoy the feeling of the electric toothbrush. This is  a positive, because when brushing feels good, you will do it more often and probably do a better

job at it.

-Change the way you brush. For an aggressive brusher, the habit of hard scrubbing can be erased by using the brush to do all of the work while the patient just holds it in position. For those with limited dexterity, children included, the brush will help get to areas they may have missed with a manual toothbrush. For those with braces, the electric toothbrush can be more effective to keep all that hardware clean in less time than a manual toothbrush.

Disadvantages of an Electric Toothbrush

-Cost. Electric toothbrushes tend to cost far more than their manual counterparts. A manual toothbrush can cost as little as 1-2 dollars whereas a good electric toothbrush can cost upwards of 150 dollars. In addition to the initial cost, you must buy new bristle heads every few months, as they wear down. This is an added cost. Many electric toothbrushes will only last for a year or two and need to be replaced, while others like the ROTADENT have a lifetime warranty.

-Recharging Batteries. A power supply is needed to keep batteries charged. And then over time a new battery is needed which is another added cost. Most cannot simply have the battery changed and require the purchase of a new unit.

-Effectiveness. Some studies have shown that a manual toothbrush is more effective than an electric tooth brush in removing all the plaque in your mouth. There are numerous studies attesting to this fact, however many patients do very well with a manual toothbrush. It all depends on the patient and their abilities.

Best Electric Toothbrushes (listed in no particular order)

1) Rotadent Electric Toothbrush.

2) Oral-B Professional Care Electric Toothbrush.

3) Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush.

Choosing an Electric Toothbrush

Choosing an electric toothbrush comes down to preference and effectiveness in your hands. When making your choice, remember to find out:

1) Where can you find replacement brush heads and how much will they cost?

2) What does the warranty cover, and for how long?

3) Is the brush size adequate for your mouth?

4) Does it need to be plugged in or is it battery operated?

5) How does the handle size feel in your hand?

6) Does the level of vibration irritate your hand?

Patients need to make the choice of what tool (the electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush) that will be most effective for them to maintain their oral hygiene. They are both used to achieve the same goal but one might work better for you. As always do not forget to visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations and cleanings to maintain a healthy smile.