You’re travelling and you have forgotten your toothbrush. You don’t want to wake up in the morning with that thick film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth and makes your mouth stink, so you hurry up to the store to buy a toothbrush. All of a sudden you are confronted with an impossible choice:a hundred different types of toothbrushes, all claiming to be the best. Are they all the same?
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1. Toothbrushes are not all the same:
Let’s get technical here for a minute. The three main characteristics that distinguish toothbrushes from each other are bristles, size, and shape – of the handle as well as the head. This has been the case since their invention in Egypt 5000 years ago.
2. Size and shape of a toothbrush:
The neck of the toothbrush should be long enough to reach the back teeth.The head should hold a good number of bristles but be small enough to fit between the gums and cheek. Fancier toothbrushes often have curved handles, which makes it easier to reach the back teeth, and the bristles are arranged in an oval or diamond shape. These characteristics make brushing easier, but they are not essential. It is, however, essential to ensure that the toothbrush is made of a material that is safe to put in your mouth. Most toothbrushes are safe but beware of the super-cheap kind.
3. Toothbrush bristles:
Toothbrushes have three kinds of bristles namely hard, medium, and soft. Dentists almost always recommend the “soft” type of bristles because they are easier on tooth enamel and gums. Soft bristles take longer to clean plaque, but they are easier on your gums and teeth. The medium and hard types of bristles dig into plaque and clean faster. But hard bristles can be very abrasive, especially when coupled with harsh toothpaste and acidic foods and drinks. If used incorrectly, they may in time, brush tooth enamel away.
Just like the smell of a shampoo or soap can hit you like a wave of cheerfulness in the morning, so can a splash of colour on your toothbrush add a little bit of positive energy to your early morning rituals. Psychological tests show that colours have a strong effect on our mood.Pick red or orange for energy, blue for calmness, pink for gentleness, or purple for sophistication.
Though you may be spoilt for choice, but buying the right toothbrush is not as difficult as it seems if you know the essentials that you should look out for. Ideally, you should pick a long-necked toothbrush with soft bristlesin a colour of your liking and you are all set for the brushing routine.