A breeding ground for bacteria and cause infections. What you need to know about your toothbrush

Experts strongly recommend us to change the brush every three months, but few people follow this simple advice. In the end, she not only helps get rid of plaque, but turns into a dangerous source of bacteria. What else you need to know about the toothbrush, said a dentist with 20 years of experience, Natalia Eliseeva.

Which is better — electric toothbrush or regular?

Everything is good in moderation! The process of brushing, electric and ultrasonic toothbrushes are definitely better and faster. However, the use of electric toothbrushes only 2-3 times a week, and ultrasonic should be used with caution, as they have their contraindications, for example, for patients with cardiovascular diseases. It should be borne in mind that the ultrasonic brush can even lead to loss of teeth with periodontitis.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Dental Association of Russia advises to change toothbrushes every 3 months. I believe that this can be done more frequently — every 1.5-2 months.

If you ignore these recommendations, it is the lack of plaque on the teeth you will have another source of bacteria in the form of dilapidated toothbrush. After each brushing surface of the bristles are bacteria from your mouth. The longer you use the brush, the more bacteria it settles, in addition, the bristles tend to wear out from the friction, and this means that small fissures too clogged up with bacteria and begin to live my own separate life that will not bring you any good.


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How to clean the brush after use?

After each use, simply rinse thoroughly with a toothbrush under running hot water, shake it and put it in the Cup. Important point: your toothbrush should not be stored in closed containers, it should be allowed to dry, as the bacteria is in a moist environment, therefore, it is preferable to store the brush in a vertical position so that any moisture on the glass and vanished.

Is it possible to disinfect a toothbrush with vinegar or mouthwash to the teeth, as suggest on the Internet?

Online including suggest to put the brush in a microwave or dishwasher. But they should not do that. Yes, indeed many of the recommendations: soap, soda, a special solution, vinegar, boiling. Dentists still have not come to common opinion, which method of disinfection is most effective. In my opinion, it is best to frequently change toothbrushes, wash them after each use, not to use your brush to another person, the right to keep and get a special sterilizer for toothbrushes. Sterilized brushes it 1 time in a week. If you are not able to buy such a device, you can drop on your toothbrush a few drops of hydrogen peroxide is an effective and easy method to cope with bacteria, for example, when you are sick.

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How to disinfect the brush after opening?

Enough to wash it with warm water and soap. A new toothbrush needs no disinfection. This tradition emerged in the Soviet era, when they made brushes with natural bristles, they are not sold in individual packages. Therefore, they must be washed, keep in boiling water, soda solution, etc. Conduct such manipulations (especially to keep them in the boiling water) modern toothbrushes made of artificial materials can not be — it can harm the hairs, they can become more hygroscopic, traumatized, they will be faster the small fissures where bacteria start to breed.

Which hardness must be brush?

Toothbrushes can be divided into several categories:

  • sensitive (sensitive) — suitable for people with gum disease and children up to 5 years;
  • soft (soft) is recommended for tendency to bleeding of the gums, suitable for children 5-12 years of age;
  • medium (medium hardness) — for most adults and children older than 12 years who have no special dental problems;
  • hard (rigid) is designed for people who is accelerated plaque formation, i.e., for coffee lovers and smokers, it is recommended to use a dentist.

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Does it make sense to buy a brush with silicone inserts?

Personally I don’t recommend using toothbrushes with silicone inserts without the advice of a dentist. In my opinion, the average person is quite a good toothbrush with synthetic bristles of the category is medium (medium hardness). All that is beyond, i.e. in cases where the manufacturer offers, for example, silicone paste to whiten teeth, massage the gums, should be used with caution, so as not to cause harm to the enamel or to the gums. When you buy a toothbrush you need to pay attention to the price and the manufacturer, the more expensive and more famous the brand is, the more toothbrush better.

It is better when the bristles on the brush the same height or different?

Traditional version with the parallel arrangement of the bristles of one length suggests that before you usual hygienic toothbrush designed for those who have no dental problems. If the villi are located on several levels is a treatment-and-prophylactic tooth brush. Its fibers are designed to provide excellent cleaning not only the teeth but the space between them. There are also special toothbrushes that are recommended by dentists to patients with prosthetic constructions in the oral cavity.

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