People have been cleaning their teeth for thousands of years. As long as 6,000 years ago frayed twigs were being used, although it is believed that humans have used an implement of some sort, in order to brush their teeth, for many millennia. The humble toothbrush has certainly come a long way since then!
So, what should you consider when choosing the right toothbrush for you?
- Most dental professionals agree that soft bristles are best for removing plaque and food debris from teeth.
- Toothbrushes with smaller heads are preferable, as they make it easier to reach the less accessible parts of the mouth such as the back teeth.
- Choose a toothbrush with a head that is comfortable to use and makes it easier for you to reach all of your teeth.
- You may wish to consider an electric toothbrush, as they can be more effective at cleaning teeth and can make teeth-brushing easier for people who have difficulty with manual brushing or have limited manual dexterity.
Whichever type of toothbrush you choose be sure to replace it every three months, or sooner if it shows signs of wear (only replace the cleaning head if the brush is electric – keep the handle!). It’s also a good idea to change your toothbrush after suffering from a cold or flu.