It is often said that it’s the little things we do in life that make a real difference. Well, that same principle applies to oral hygiene. By paying attention to seemingly trivial details like time spent brushing or the type of toothbrush you use, you can significantly boost your oral health and even add years to your life. Here are a few tricks to help you make those small changes that produce drastic oral health results.
Toothbrush replacement reminder
You probably know that your toothbrush should be replaced every3 to 4 months, but if you’re like a lot of people, then you probably forget when you got your toothbrush in the first place. A toothbrush that is more than 4 months old is not an effective brushing tool since the bristles would have become frayed and stiff. Fortunately, there are toothbrushes that actually remind you when it’s time to replace your brush. These toothbrushes have a timestrip inside the handle of the toothbrush that changes color when it’s time for a replacement, or the bristles themselves may change color. Whether you buy a toothbrush with a built-in reminder or set up a reminder alert on your smart phone, consistently changing your toothbrush on time can go a long way in maximizing your oral hygiene.
Dentists recommended that 2 minutes is the minimum amount of time a person should spend brushing their teeth, yet in the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s easy to give brushing time short shrift. In a study published by the American Dental Hygienists Association, people who used a timer while brushing brushed longer; moreover, plaque removal significantly increased in proportion to brushing time. Brushing timers, once thought of as only for kids, are thus good devices for adults to use as well. Another trick is to use an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer.
Choose the right toothbrush
It is a well-known fact that some toothbrushes are better than others, yet many people don’t know how to choose a good toothbrush. Toothbrushes with wide handles are more comfortable to hold and make brushing easier. A good trick is to place a rubber pen grip on the toothbrush handle for better grasping. Choose a toothbrush that fits the size of your mouth, and remember that soft bristled brushes are better than hard bristled ones. If you have orthodontic exposures or braces, you should invest in inexpensive interdental brushes which are specially designed to fit under orthodontic wires. By using the right toothbrush, you can significantly enhance your brushing results and boost your overall oral health.
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