The toothbrush is not a new invention.
The Babylonians chewed aromatic tree sticks to clean their teeth.
The first real toothbrush with bristles did not have “Made in America” on it; it had “Made in China” circa 15th or 16th century.
Englishman William Addis created the first toothbrush that was mass produced in 1780. The traditional three-row bristle brush came along in 1844. Nylon bristles in 1930s.
Fast forward to the 1960s for the first electric toothbrush; a year later it came cordless with a rechargeable battery.
The ubiquitous toothbrush, which is a first-line defense against tooth decay, has been hailed as the one item people can’t live without. Certainly, your teeth would agree. Today, the choices are many and it can be quite confusing when you have to decide which brush to choose.
First, make sure the toothbrush can reach each of your teeth. A toothbrush half-inch wide and an inch tall usually is the best choice for adults. If it is too large, you may have problems brushing each tooth.
Today, you can manually brush your teeth or opt for very sophisticate electric toothbrushes. The bristles come in soft, medium and hard bristles. Most of us need to use soft bristles. My friend probably used hard bristles and over did the brushing which damaged her gums. Always look for the American Dental Association seal of approval.
I use soft bristles when I brush manually.I usually brush, however, my teeth with an electric brush. I figure it will do a better job than I will manually. Most experts say proper brushing technique trumps the toothbrush you use. Always brush at least two minutes, 10-15 brushes per tooth, and keep that brush at a 45-degree angle. An electric toothbrush that uses rotation oscillation technology, some believe, does a better job than other brushes.
When choosing a manual or electric toothbrush, cost certainly comes into the equation. Some electric toothbrushes can cost several hundred dollars.
Let’s take a look at different electric toothbrushes. Some models come with many different brushing features and sensors to make sure you are not brushing too hard. Timers are included to make sure you brush long enough. There are two major types: oscillating-rotating or sonic technology. They also can come with different types of brush heads.
I have had a Sonicare and Oral B electric brushes. A couple of years ago I bought a generic brand because it was cheaper. Not certain I can tell the difference between them. But I do know I need to buy a new brush head.
It is important to take care of your teeth and practice good oral health. The mainstays of good oral health are brushing, flossing, oral rinse and regular visits to the dentist. You can have good oral health with a manual brush or an electric brush.
Some experts actually believe that flossing is much more important than brushing. Others also say you can brush your teeth without toothpaste. Use water, they say.
Regardless of your approach or method, if you take care of you teeth and mouth now you won’t have problems as you get older.