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Brush With Greatness

The Chinese invented the first toothbrush a thousand years ago: it had an ivory handle and bristles made from a horse's mane. Toothbrush use was sporadic until the 19th century when it became popular among affluent English Victorians.

Today, in North America alone, the toothbrush industry is a ferociously competitive $950 million market where a company might invest up to $2 million alone in research and development for a new product with flashy names like Plaque Blaster, Gripper, Sensation, Crossaction, and Interdental. Serious designers ponder the ergonomics of grip and angle. Children's toothbrushes are molded into toy-like objects mimicking the shape of familiar cartoon characters

No evidence exists yet to show that any one type of toothbrush design is better at removing plaque than another. What matters is that you brush, using correct technique, for at least three minutes, the minimum time necessary to reach all areas and dislodge cavity-causing bacteria. Which toothbrush is best? In general, the toothbrush head should be small for easy access. It should have a long, wide handle for a firm grip, and it should have soft or extra soft nylon bristles with rounded ends so you won't hurt your gums.

Toothbrushes must be replaced regularly, before the bristles become splayed and frayed, or at least every three months. Old toothbrushes may also harbour harmful bacteria.  You should change your toothbrush at the beginning of any illness and again after you feel better.

For more information regarding proper dental hygiene, or to book a consulation with a Winnipeg dentist, contact our Winnipeg Dental Clinic.


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