Despite the variety and advancements in toothbrushes today, people don’t brush long enough to get the best results, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). The average person brushes for less than a minute. This is not long enough to reach all areas of the mouth and scrub off cavity-causing bacteria.
Since many people brush during the morning or at night with the radio on, one piece of good advice is to brush for one song. That’s about three minutes—the right amount of time to get the best results from brushing.
Generally, a toothbrush should have a long, wide handle and soft bristles. Be sure to brush both sides of the teeth and the tongue. Change toothbrushes every three to four months before their bristles become frayed. Toss the toothbrush after an illness to avoid harmful bacteria in the bristles. Electric toothbrushes tend to clean more thoroughly at the same time as manual toothbrushes. They are also an excellent option for those who have limited hand dexterity, such as older people or people with arthritis and are effective for people with braces since the rotating heads can clean hard-to-reach areas.
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