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Using the Toothbrush

Whenever we were woken up from our lovely dreams just to brush our teeth or told to clean our teeth before going to bed, we just hated it. And the feeling of hatred increased the moment those cold touches of water came in contact with our warm, drowsy eyes. But, despite this hatred, we now know that brushing teeth was a vital part of complete dental care and was meant for the safety of our teeth. We know very well that those toothbrushes that we masticate sometimes in anger and sometimes in liking are our best protection tool against tooth decay and bad breath. So, let’s focus on this tool- toothbrush and know something about the right and the wrong ways to use it.

The first and the foremost rule is the no-sharing rule. Sharing of toothbrushes can cause exchange of body fluids, which can increase the risks of oral infection. This is particularly important for those who have poor immune systems and tend to get ill easily. If there are a number of toothbrushes in a single holder, make sure that they do not come in contact with each other, for that would be much the same as sharing a toothbrush.

One you are finished with brushing, give your mouth a thorough rinsing to ensure that the toothpaste and the food particles are washed away properly. Food particles attract germs and the germs gnaw at teeth and gums. So, take care.

Many of us tend to be extra cautious and keep our toothbrushes covered at all times thinking that it would keep the toothbrush germ free. Actually, that’s a wrong approach because keeping it covered means locking humidity in and thus making the conditions favourable for bacterial growth.

You toothbrush needs a replacement every 3-4 months. At times it may be sooner, if the bristles look overused and splayed. This recommendation is made keeping in mind the wear and tear of the toothbrush, which could make it less effective, and has got nothing much to do with possible bacterial contamination. So, look at your toothbrush carefully every month. If it looks used, go ahead and replace it without waiting for another month or week.

Toothbrushes do not need to disinfected too often. Once in a while you may rinse it with your mouthwash. That’s enough. Overdoing the disinfecting part may actually harm the brush.

A good toothbrush is part of effective dental care. Take all necessary precautions to keep your brush fit, for it would keep your teeth in good health.


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