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Pick the right toothbrush

Brushing teeth in the morning might be a mundane task, but it's important to choose the right toothbrush.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 03, 2010 00:53 IST

Brushing teeth in the morning might be a mundane task, but it's important to choose the right toothbrush.

1 Powered or ordinary: An electric toothbrush makes the process easier, but they are not necessarily better at cleaning the teeth.

2 Soft and small: Use a soft-bristled brush because hard bristles tend to cause gingival recession. Soft bristles are more flexible and clean beneath the gingival margin and do not damage your gums. Small-headed toothbrush cleans the hard-to-reach areas easily.

3 Handle well: Before purchasing a toothbrush, ensure that the handle allows a comfortable grip. Also, note that the shape of the neck or handle does not affect the teeth or the gums.

4 Replace timely: A toothbrush should be replaced every three months or when the bristles start to wear, whichever comes first. Replace your brush after flu, sore throat or mouth infection as the microbes can accumulate on the brush, leading to re-infection.

5 Wear-and-tear: If the bristles wear within a couple of weeks, it indicates over-zealous brushing and should be discouraged, as it causes gum diseases. A toothbrush whose bristles show no sign of wear and tear even after 5-6 months, indicates that the brushing is excessively gentle.