Word of Mouth
July 29, 2005
What’s in a toothbrush?

A hard toothbrush and a firm hand are what we need to do the teeth harm. It is often believed that our teeth need to be scrubbed to keep them squeaky clean, as much as this may be the feeling after a good brush, it also damages the enamel (the protective layer of the teeth) and the gums. {{more}}

We brush to remove plaque, the soft sticky film on our teeth, soft being the operative word. Some companies are no longer making hard toothbrushes as the danger of these have been documented.

In selecting a toothbrush, make sure it is soft or medium, most females with small mouths need to use a tapered small head toothbrush, males can use the larger tapered head toothbrushes.

The idea is to be able to get your toothbrush to the back surface of the last tooth in the mouth. Those with the firm hand, try brushing with your other hand. Once you’re used to exerting less force, switch back.