Dental experts agree that you should brush your teeth at least two times every day – for two minutes in the morning and two minutes in the evening. This helps to remove plaque, bacteria and debris from your teeth and gums, which reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. But all of this brushing can be undermined by the use of the wrong kind of toothbrush so it’s important to know how to choose the right type and when to replace it.
How to choose the right toothbrush
With so many different types of toothbrushes on the market today, it can be very difficult to determine which type is right for you. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you purchase one with soft bristles in order to protect your teeth and gums from damage.
The ADA also advises on purchasing one with a small head and flexible neck to enable you to reach all areas in your mouth. Ken also thinks that a soft head is also a good option. Some examples of toothbrushes that Ken likes include the Sensodyne toothbrush, the Extra soft Colgate 360 toothbrush. For electric toothbrushes Ken recommends the sensitive head from the oral-b range of electric heads. Colgate and Philips also offer similar versions to this toothbrush head for their electric toothbrush range.
Seal of approval
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) tests and evaluates every toothbrush on the market. All products that meet their strict quality and safety standards receive the association’s stamp of approval. In addition, the ADA re-evaluates products every three years to ensure that each product with their seal continues to meet the high level of standards set by the association. When shopping for a toothbrush always look for the ADA’s seal of approval on the packaging before purchasing.
Replacing your toothbrush
You should carefully examine your toothbrush on a regular basis and replace it with a new one at the first sign of wear and tear. Ideally, your toothbrush should be replaced at least once every three months. It is also a good idea to replace your toothbrush after any type of illness. This is because bacteria and germs can get caught in the bristles and makes you more susceptible to reoccurring sickness. You’ll be able to see the buildup of bacteria on the toothbrush.