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Cavemen had it pretty simple when it came to cleaning their teeth. They just used pieces of stick with frayed ends to get seeds, spores, plants and raw meat out of their teeth. (History buff? See the research here.)
Fast-forward to today: we have every oral toothbrush under the sun to choose from: electric toothbrushes, battery-powered toothbrushes, hard-bristled toothbrushes, soft-bristled toothbrushes and everything in between.
It can be a little mind-boggling to know which toothbrush option is best. If you’re tempted to throw your hands up in the air and just start gnawing on sticks in the backyard, relax.
We’ll help you break through the toothbrush clutter and find the perfect one for your smile and gums.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a dentist who recommends a hard-bristled or medium-bristled toothbrush. These toothbrushes erode the enamel and can expose the dentin.
Dentin is the layer of tissue underneath the tooth enamel. When the dentin is exposed, it can quite literally strike a nerve, giving you painful and annoying tooth sensitivity.
Hard-bristled toothbrushes can also damage the delicate gum tissue of the mouth, leading to painful mouth sores and abrasions.
In general, soft-bristled toothbrushes are best. If you already have signs of erosion to your enamel or suffer from bruxism (excessive grinding, gnashing or clenching of the teeth) an extra soft-bristled toothbrush is even better.
And – while people may love the cleaning power of electric toothbrushes, they don’t love the price tags that go with them.
In addition to finding the right toothbrush for your oral healthcare needs, it’s also important to know how to put your toothbrush to good use. Read on to see if you’re making these top tooth brushing mistakes.
Mistake #1: Flexing Too Much Muscle
Brushing the teeth with the strength of Hercules. Many people think that vigorous brushing is best to get the teeth clean. In actuality, it's harming the mouth. Combine brute force with a hard-bristled toothbrush and it’s easy to see how people are wearing away their enamel and damaging their gums.
How can you tell if you’re using too much strength in your tooth brushing? Check the bristles of your toothbrush. Do they stick out every which way? That’s your answer.
Mistake #2: Going Back and Forth
Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and use gentle, circular strokes when brushing, not a harsh back and forth motion. Don’t forget the gum line.
Here’s a brushing game plan so it’s not a haphazard effort:
Brush the tongue too. Or, even better, use a tongue cleaner. This handy home dental tool removes 75% more bacteria versus brushing alone. (The tongue is a favorite spot for bacteria in the mouth to hang out and cause a stink.)
Mistake #3: Not Watching the Clock
Tick tick tick. Do you know how long you should be brushing your teeth? A full two minutes! To get in the habit, set your timer on your phone. For your kids, you could do sand in an hourglass from one of their board games.
Mistake #4: Keeping the Same Brush
Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles are in bad shape. When the bristles become frayed, they lose their effectiveness in removing plaque. Be sure to change your toothbrush after illness too.
Finally, a toothbrush that dentists, their families, and their patients love. No frills, cartoon characters, or hefty price tag. The Oxyfresh Health Brush has soft, dense bristles to protect your enamel and gums while removing plaque and debris.
Pair with Oxyfresh Pro Formula Toothpaste, one of the lowest-abrasion toothpastes on the market to protect your enamel and dental work. Super-concentrated so it lasts 4x longer than store brands.
The Oxyfresh Health Brush can also be dipped directly into Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Lemon Mint Mouthwash to strengthen the gums (proven to beat store brands in a 12-month study) and eliminate bad breath up to 6 hours. Dye-free means no tooth staining and alcohol-free means no burn or dry mouth.
Ready to get your teeth and gums in better shape with Oxyfresh? Shop our dental care products.
Oxyfresh has complete confidence in the excellence of its products.
That’s why we offer a 100% money-back guarantee (minus the cost of shipping) within 30 days of purchase if you’re not happy.