The construction and materials used for toothbrushes have changed over the years. The earliest forms of a “Toothbrush” has existed for nearly 5,000 years. Some ancient civilizations in attempt to remove food from their teeth would use “toothpick”, a thin branch that carved atop the tooth. During the last century, tooth brushes were built from the bone, wood or ivory, and its fibers from pork or other animals. Brushes with nylon thread, which we know today, were discovered in 1938.

What type of toothbrush should you choose?
There are two types of toothbrushes: manual and electric. The size and shape of the brush should be appropriate for your mouth, allowing extension on all surfaces. Your dentist can suggest you the type that is most convenient for you. No matter the type of brush you choose, it is recommended to brush your teeth with the brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for thorough cleaning and protection from the appearance of caries.

Search for toothbrushes that have the stamp of dental world organizations. This guarantees that the product was evaluated by a team of experts – for safety and efficiency objective directives. To be qualified in these organizations, the company must certify that all the brush ingredients are safe for use in the mouth. This means that the fibers should not be sharp or serrated; the body material must be manufactured for durability during normal use; fibers should not fall during this use; and brushes can be used unsupervised by adults for a reduction in gum disease (gums) and dental plaque.

Electric brushes must also meet safety requirements. Manufacturers of these brushes must provide evidence of at least one clinical science to show that the product is harmless to soft tissues and strong oral and dental restorations.

Manual brushes and electric ones can effectively and thoroughly clean the teeth. Persons who have barriers to the use of manual brushes can feel more at ease and comfortable with the use of electric brushes. Use of electric brushes by children may feel fun. No matter which brush you decide on, choose one that is easy to use and that you can use twice a day for cleaning all surfaces of the tooth.

How do you keep your brush clean?
Rinse your brush with tap water after cleaning to remove the rest of the toothpaste and debris. Put the brush into position from above and optional air drying until you use it again. If more brushes are placed in the same container then keep the brushes separate.

Do not do routine coverage of brushes in closed boxes. Wet environment, such as sealed box, in contrast to the open environment, helps in the growth of microorganisms.

Replace the brush every 3 to 4 months. Brush fibers during use get thinner and spent and become less effective when washing teeth. Check the brush fibers more often and replace it more often if needed. Brushes for washing children’s teeth can be changed more often than adult brushes.