How Do I Choose and Use A
No matter the color, shape, size or
promises made there is no body of scientific evidence exists yet to
show that any one type of toothbrush design if better than another at
The only thing that matters is that
you brush your teeth.
In general, a toothbrush head should be
small (1" by
1/2") for easy access. It should have a long, wide handle for a firm grasp.
It should have soft, nylon bristles with round ends.
Some brushes are too
abrasive and can wear down teeth. A soft, rounded, multi-tufted brush can clean
teeth effectively. Press just firmly enough to reach the spaces between the
teeth as well as the surface. Medium and hard bristles are not recommended.
How long should I brush?
It might be a good idea to brush with the radio on, since dentists generally
recommend brushing 3-4 minutes the length of an average song. Using an egg timer
is another way to measure your brushing time.
Most people spend less than a minute brushing. To make sure you're
doing a thorough job brush
the full 3-4 minutes twice a day instead of brushing quickly five or more times
through the day.
Change your toothbrush every 3-4
months because they become ineffective and may harbor harmful
bacterial. Sick people should change them at the beginning of an
illness and after they feel better.
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Should I brush at work?
Definitely, but most Americans don't brush during the workday. Dentists say it's
a good idea to keep a toothbrush in your desk, which increases the chances that
you'll brush during the day by 65 percent.
Getting the debris
off teeth right away stops sugary snacks from turning to damaging acids.
If you brush with fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before going to
bed, you don't even need to use toothpaste at work. You can just brush and rinse
before heading back to the desk. If you don't have a toothbrush, rinsing your
mouth with water for 30 seconds after lunch also helps.
The following tips may improve your work-time brushing habits:
How Do I Choose and Use a Toothbrush, AGD Impact Pg
28, February 2003.
Barbara Ann Rich, DDS, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Oral-B Laboratories; and
the Academy of General Dentistry: Visit the American
Dental Association site for more about toothbrushes
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Brushing After Meals Up
A new US survey has outlined the different oral
hygiene habits of men and women. Conducted for the American Dental
Association's (ADA) 2003. 1,014 nationally representative adults were
interviewed for the survey. It was found that women take better care
of their teeth than men. However, overall American adults recorded a
slight increase among those brushing twice a day or after each meal to
78 percent in 2003, compared with 1997's 75.4 percent. The most
dramatic jump in brushing frequency occurred in the number of
respondents saying they brushed after every meal, reaching 24.8 percent
in 2003 compared with 11.5 percent in the 1997 survey. The daily use
of dental floss or an interdental cleaner rose slightly to 50.5 percent
in 2003 compared with 1997's 48.2 percent. Being thorough in your
daily oral hygiene lays the groundwork for a healthy smile. A daily
routine of brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental
checkups, can be enough in most cases to help prevent tooth decay and
gum disease. 06/04
February 06, 2008
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