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Did you use the right toothbrush?

Regular brushing is fundamental to ensure oral hygiene and prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. But one thing many people care less about is whether the type of brush they are using is suitable.

Using the wrong type of toothbrush can have a negative impact on your health health teeth, affecting the whiteness of the teeth. Therefore, using the right type of toothbrush is necessary, according to health experts Healthline (America).

People should give priority to choosing soft bristle brushes with small heads so they can reach hard-to-clean places in the mouth


The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that people use a soft-bristled, long-handled toothbrush to reach between the teeth in the mouth. In addition, people should also change their toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, after healing and when the bristles are worn.

Using the wrong toothbrush can cause a number of oral health problems, including sensitive teeth and other diseases of the teeth and gums.

There are several signs that you are using the wrong brush type. The first sign to mention is receding gums, a condition in which gum tissue recedes and exposes tooth roots. There are several causes of receding gums, including poor oral hygiene. Receding gums can lead to tooth fractures.

The easiest way to spot receding gums is to see that the tooth looks longer. Receding gums is a warning sign you’re using the wrong toothbrush, notes Dr. Rick Leppo, a dental specialist at Columbia Dental Center (USA).

Another potential sign of using the wrong type of brush is plaque and discolored teeth. This is because the brush is cleaning the teeth in a less effective way.

When choosing a brush, people need to choose a type with soft bristles, a small brush head to be able to reach hard-to-reach teeth. If possible, using an electric toothbrush is also a suitable option because it will clean teeth more effectively, according to Healthline.

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