When buying a new toothbrush, the main thing you need to make sure is that the bristles have a good grip and that they are made of soft nylon. You must avoid that they are too hard so as not to attack the enamel of your teeth or your gums. But, usually, we don’t even pay attention to the different colors of the hairs anymore. Yet, have you ever wondered why some brushes are completely white and others are colored? A little light on the matter.
Why do toothbrushes have colored bristles?
This may surprise you, but the main reason why there are colored parts on the toothbrush, it is mainly to guide you when displaying toothpaste. Usually, and surely encouraged by the large number of advertisements, you tend to apply the paste to your entire brush head. However, an excess is never beneficial: not only is it unnecessary waste, but in addition, too much fluoride is not recommended for your teeth (especially those of children!). It is therefore important to apply the correct amount of toothpaste. And that is precisely the role played by these colored parts: the bristles give you the right measure to spread the dough.
This is why, time and time again, specialists, manufacturers and dentists insist that how we brush our teeth is more important than how much toothpaste we use. We devote time to brushing every day: the movements applied are therefore essential to help us have optimized dental hygiene.
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How often should you change your toothbrush?
It goes without saying that the condition of your toothbrush should always be taken into consideration, as it can impact your oral health. Specialists recommend replacing it every three to four months, or even sooner if the hairs are frayed. However, this is a general recommendation, as individual factors may necessitate changing the brush more often. Especially when it comes to children. For hygiene reasons, their toothbrushes need to be replaced more often than those of adults.
But it is equally important to disinfect your toothbrush to eliminate bacteria during use. Also, in some circumstances, you need to replace it even if the bristles aren’t visibly frayed or damaged. In general, if you have caught a cold, the flu or any other oral infection, you must necessarily replace your toothbrush. Even if it is still new. This will prevent exposure to germs that could cause illness to other household members.
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NB: Just as brushing your teeth is essential, cleaning your tongue should not be neglected either. By effectively removing food residue and bacteria, you not only protect your teeth, but you also prevent bad breath, cavities and periodontal disease. How to brush your tongue? Gently, making back and forth movements with the brush soaked in a small amount of toothpaste.
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