How to choose the right toothbrush
First of all: you should never a hard toothbrush buy and use. This can damage your gums and teeth. Whether you have one "medium hard" or take a soft toothbrush depends on the individual case. The ideal toothbrush has
- a short brush head so that you can easily reach all places in the mouth – including the back of the molars
- medium-soft rounded bristles so that your gums are not injured
- a handle that fits comfortably in your hand
For sensitive teeth that are sensitive to cold, warm, sweet or sour, you need one soft Choose a toothbrush.
Whether the toothbrush has a flat bristle field or a corrugated one, whether the bristles are slanted or straight, whether it has different types of bristles or whether the handle is sprung is of secondary importance! A simple brush with a flat bristle field is sufficient. It is important that you use them correctly. More on that below!
What absolutely Not Toothbrushes with natural bristles are recommended: These have sharp edges at the ends (risk of injury to the gums) and have a small hollow channel on the inside in which bacteria can lodge and multiply. Rounded plastic bristles are definitely gentler on the gums and more hygienic.
How often should you change your toothbrush?? At least every two months! The reason is that bacteria multiply on and between the bosts. After a few weeks you will have a small zoo on your brush. Even after a cold or flu, you should change the brush because it still contains the pathogens.
Oh, one more thing: Always put your brush upside down in the toothbrush mug. Then the bristles can dry better and bacteria do not multiply as quickly as on a damp brush.
By hand or electrically?
what do dentists recommend?
In principle, both types are equally good. However, cleaning with the electric toothbrush is a lot more convenient and time-saving. There are several reasons for this:
- The head of the electric toothbrush moves several thousand times a minute. As a result, the teeth are brushed more intensively than the manual toothbrush within the same period.
- The electric toothbrush does "by itself" the right cleaning movements so that you don’t have to concentrate on them.
However, it usually has a smaller brush head. So you have to "Tooth by tooth" cleaning, which in turn means a little more effort. The bottom line is that you have to brush longer and more intensively with a manual toothbrush in order to achieve the same success as with the electric one. In our experience in practice, the oral hygiene of our patients improves significantly when they switch to an electric toothbrush.
For whom electric toothbrushes are particularly recommended
If for some reason you or a loved one is limited in your brushing skills, we recommend an electric toothbrush. Through her own mobility she can compensate for any restrictions.
Children should also clean electrically?
From around two years of age, your children can and should use an electric toothbrush. Of course, it should be special for children: with a smaller brush head and a more delicate handle. Since children usually don’t brush as intensively, the electric brush can compensate for these deficits.
What to look for when buying an electric toothbrush
You don’t have to buy a luxury model for a lot of money. A device for 50 to 100 euros is sufficient. You should already think about the follow-up costs when buying: Even with the electric toothbrush, you have to change the brush head every two months at the latest. So when you buy your new brush, compare what the replacement brush heads cost!
There are brushes that are not just one "Back-and-forth movement" make, but also move back and forth. This is called a 3D movement, which is supposed to clean the interdental spaces better. Such models are definitely recommended.
If you have sensitive teeth, you should choose a model with a "breaker" decide: This brush simply switches off if you press too hard and plague your gums. We recommend!
By the way: Please understand that we cannot name any specific brands here. We are not permitted to do this for professional reasons.
Dr. Johann Rauch, dental practice Weiden in der Oberpfalz, phone 0961/5699
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