Dentists at the forefront of dental excellence have released new guidelines to help patients care for their teeth at home. A smile is a true asset that can be cared for and enhanced at home with the right dental care routine. Its important for patients to start with the right tools, and to make sure their toothbrush is changed and stored as per recommended guidelines. Toothbrushes have been shown to harbour bacteria and a research study has shown that soaking a toothbrush in Listerine mouth wash significantly reduces bacteria levels – by 85% which is very high. The use of a microwave, boiling water or dishwasher is not recommended as high heat can damage the toothbrush and detergents should not be used with dental care products. The best method is to use a toothbrush sanitiser – devices with a UV filter are suitable, as is the use of mouth wash to soak a toothbrush for a period of time.
A wide range of toothbrush head types are on offer, your dental expert will be able to advise and provide a range of samples. This includes different styles, sizes and designs. Consumer trials have found that brushes which are designed using multi-level bristles or angled bristles are the highest performing toothbrushes compared to conventional flat level bristles when removing plaque. It should also be noted that toothbrushes with soft bristles is recommended because of lower levels of abrasion and gum irritation, whereas brushes with medium strength bristles are shown to be effective at removing plaque.
If a brand or product has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance (dental standard) then it has been shown to be safe and effective at removing the build up of plaque. The following standards must be met for the approval to be granted, firstly the entire toothbrush must be safe for oral use, bristles must be smooth and safe with no sharp edges, the device must be durable under daily use for the recommended 3 – 4 months of usage before changing devices. Bristles should be secure and not fall out under regular use, and the item must be able to be used without supervision and be able to provide satisfactory levels of performance in order to improve dental health at home.
If a new toothbrush is launched onto the consumer market which is very different from the norm, additional clinical studies and research will be requested to demonstrate effectiveness over a 30 day time frame. Patients should note that manual and powered toothbrushes are both effective at plaque removal, the choice is a personal lifestyle choice. The cost of powered toothbrushes is higher, as is the cost of replacement brush heads some patients prefer a powered device. For some who are not as dexterous, or for children who have dental braces may find a powered toothbrush easier and more effective to use.
Powered toothbrushes offer a range of options and technology, including different types of brush head movement. This includes side to side, counter oscillation, rotary oscillation, circular movement and ultra sonic movements. You can view news, information and reviews, along with consumer information videos on the company websites.