You look at your toothbrush, and it seems pretty dull and ordinary. However, the toothbrush has a pretty amazing history behind it. We’re going to look at seven things you didn’t know about your toothbrush.
ADA Seal of Approval
Did you know that there’s a group of scientists that test and approve toothbrushes? Look for the ADA seal of approval when you’re shopping for a toothbrush. The ADA seal lets you know you’re getting the best toothbrush for your teeth. Toothpaste should also have the ADA seal of approval.
The toothbrush is over 5,000 years old! Long ago, ancient people used a chew stick with a frayed end to clean their teeth. Over time, their practices evolved, and they used bone, ivory, or wood with bristles from hogs or boars. After many iterations, the toothbrush we know today was invented in 1938.
The Order of Flossing or Brushing
There is no “right” way to brush and floss. Brushing first or flossing first, it doesn’t matter. So, don’t spend unnecessary mental energy on that decision – just brush and floss. You can choose when and how. Just make sure to brush twice daily and floss once daily. That’s all you need to do.
Manual or Powered?
It doesn’t matter if you get a manual or powered toothbrush as long as you’re brushing two times a day for at least two minutes. The debate has raged for years, but the ADA has approved certain brands of both manual and powered toothbrushes. Just brush your teeth as directed, and it doesn’t matter if your toothbrush is powered or manual.
Choosing a Toothbrush Type
When you’re selecting a toothbrush, it’s best to select soft bristles. Firmer bristles can and will damage your enamel. Don’t go crazy scrubbing your teeth. Brush gently, and the toothpaste will help the cleaning process as well. You’re just trying to get the film off of your teeth.
Air is Good
Gently wash your toothbrush with water to get the toothpaste off, and then put it in a holder to air dry. You don’t want it to go into a closed, moist environment that will promote bacteria growth. Also, don’t store toothbrushes where cross-contamination is possible. You don’t want to share someone’s illness.
The Lifespan of a Toothbrush
The average lifespan of a toothbrush is three to four months. Using a frayed toothbrush is not conducive to healthy teeth. It could damage your gums and teeth. Toss any frayed toothbrushes.
The toothbrush has a very interesting backstory. It’s vital to our oral health, and our health as a whole. Find a soft bristled brush that is approved by the ADA and make it a daily habit to keep your teeth and mouth clean. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.