Routine dental care begins as soon as the baby’s first tooth emerges in the mouth. You can start off by using finger brushes that fits snugly over an adult’s finger. It can be used for softly cleaning & massaging the baby’s gums and teeth. It helps to remove harmful bacteria, along with providing a soothing relief to the teething child. You should use a rice-grain size smear of fluoride toothpaste graduating it to a pea-sized amount by three years of age. Baby Banana infant Training Toothbrushes are also available!
As for adults a wide variety of toothbrushes in different shapes and sizes are widely available, which makes it extremely difficult to choose the right one! Toothbrushes are selected on few of these criterias.
1-Electronic / Manual
Manual brushes can be effective but the modern day electronic tooth brushes can make it easier to brush more efficiently! The dentist recommended two minutes brushing can be more easily achieved because of the in-built 2 minute timers in most of the latest electronic toothbrushes. The brush automatically shuts off after 2 minutes and the charge lasts for upto several weeks in some. Few of them even have a pressure sensor that warns you when you are brushing too hard. Also, these powered toothbrushes more easily cleans hard-to-reach spots. The best recommended electric tooth brushes are Philips Sonicare.
2- Bristle variety
A soft bristled toothbrush is the best choice as it is the most comfortable & safest. Soft rounded bristles remove plaque easily & efficiently without damaging the gums & tooth enamel. Medium & hard bristled brushes should best be avoided.
3- Head Size
You must always choose a toothbrush which feels comfortable in your hand. As for the size small round heads are considered the best, as they fit your mouth and allows to reach all the surfaces of the teeth easily. Colgate 360 (soft) is a highly recommended manual toothbrush.
How often should you change your toothbrush? You should switch to a new toothbrush as soon as the bristles/edges become rough or frayed and that’s about every 2-4 month. It is also advisable that you change your toothbrush after you have been sick.
Inter dental toothbrushes. Interdental brushes are generally used for cleaning of implants and braces, but can be used normally as well! They can be used daily as an alternative to flossing. They have small bristled heads that are designed to clean between your teeth, where normal toothbrushes can’t reach.