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What to know about toothbrush

Posted on 4/25/2022 by Thomas Plunkett DMD
What to know about toothbrushA toothbrush is one of the things we use in our daily activities. Toothbrushes help eliminate the plaque and tartar, which has buildup on the teeth. It helps curb the spread of tooth decay and tooth cavities.

Facts about the toothbrush, where it developed

When selecting a toothbrush, you should look for the ADA seal; the seal of acceptance shows whether the toothbrush has attained the gold standard of a toothbrush quality. The council of the seal makes sure the toothbrush has the right qualities like the bristles don't fall after regular brushing, the toothbrush handle not able to break, and whether the toothbrush can help curb cavities. The toothbrush is 5000 years old. In the olden times, humans used a chewing stick that could help them remove plaque and food substances from the mouth. Over time as technology is developing, toothbrushes made of ivory, wood, bones have been made. The toothbrush which is now used was developed in 1993.

The first toothbrush to be made was made in prison. William Addis was jailed for inciting a riot. He saw how other prisoners suffered ragging their teeth with salt; after dinner, Addis saved a bone where he made tiny holes. He inserted bristles and used glue to seal them. After that, companies modified what he had made to the present toothbrush we are using.

Powered or manual, the teeth don't care; fluoride has to be used in both cases, and both clean the teeth effectively. There is no order of flossing and brushing whether one decides to floss followed by brushing or brushing followed by flossing; it doesn't affect the teeth in any way.

It is advisable to do both. Toothbrushes should be stored in an open place after cleaning your teeth; rinse the toothbrush with water to remove toothpaste and food particles remaining in it, keep it upright and give it time to dry. The lifespan of a toothbrush should be 3-4 months. After three 0r four months, replace your toothbrush with a new one.

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