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Why the toothbrush is important for our health

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

The toothbrush leads a miserable existence in most bathrooms. Yet it is of essential importance for our health.

Because: our health starts in our mouth! And the toothbrush plays an important role in this. So why not pay more attention to the little cleaner? You don't have to reinvent the toothbrush, just consider a few things and adapt them to your own routine.

1. brush care

This is mainly limited to changing your toothbrush on a regular base. The brush can be changed every six to eight weeks. The exact lifespan of the brush depends on how vigorously you brush - if more pressure is applied, greater abrasion occurs and it has to be changed more often.

However, this rule is overridden as soon as a disease comes into play. Dr Hannah Selzner, dentist and medical advisor at Swissdent, explains: «Especially after lung diseases, re-infections caused by oral hygiene products should not be underestimated. Especially if the mucous membranes are injured. If you don't change your brush immediately, no matter how new it is, you are putting your health at risk.»

2. shape and size

Good toothbrushes are ergonomically shaped so that they easily reach all areas. It is not only the shape that is important, but also the size. Most toothbrushes for adults have such a large brush head that they can hardly clean the back surfaces.

Swissdent toothbrushes, on the other hand, have a concave brush field. Combined with a unique spoon shape, an ideal brushing performance is guaranteed! So shape and size are more important than the choice between a mechanical or electric toothbrush? Dr. Hanna Selzner confirms this: «There's nothing at all wrong with a manual toothbrush, as long as you use it properly and it's well shaped.»

3. bristles

We rarely give a thought to the bristles of the toothbrush, but even these - if they are hard and pointed - can injure the gums. Especially if you tend to press on too hard. Swissdent toothbrushes therefore offer an extra feature that most people don't notice, but which makes a clear difference in handling: the tips of the bristles are rounded in a unique way. This may be costly to manufacture, but it guarantees a carefree «press-on» - the gums are not injured, but optimally protected. And the teeth are cleaned.

4. movement

You may think of the toothbrush as a violin bow from time to time: The virtuoso among toothbrushing professionals lets it glide gently over the teeth. As far as possible in circular movements and with a lot of patience. But here, too, the following applies: No master has ever fallen from the sky, and proper tooth brushing must also be learned!

Photo: @swissdent


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