Proper dental hygiene is essential for your oral health. Your toothbrush takes a large role in your oral hygiene routine. Read on for some fun toothbrush facts:

Toothbrushes are 5,000 years old.A “chew stick” was used in ancient civilizations to remove food from teeth. Chew sticks were thin twigs with a frayed end. Toothbrushes have evolved since then. The handles have been made from things like bone, wood, and ivory. The bristles have been made from hog or boar hair.

The first mass-produced toothbrush was invented in prison.In 1770, William Addis was thrown in jail for starting a riot. He observed other prisoners using rags covered with salt or soot to clean their teeth. Addis saved an animal bone from his dinner and then bored tiny holes into it and inserted bristles. Glue was used to hold the bristles in place. After he was released, he modified the toothbrush and started a company to manufacture it.

Manual vs. powered toothbrush?Both manual and powered toothbrushes can both effectively clean your teeth. Choose whichever type of brush you prefer. Some find it difficult to use a manual toothbrush and think powered toothbrushes are more comfortable. Just make sure that you brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste.

Look for the ADA Seal.A toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance has been evaluated by a team of scientists to ensure that the bristles won’t fall out with normal use, the handle will be strong, and the toothbrush will reduce risk of gum disease and cavities.

It doesn’t matter if your brush or floss first.As long as you do both, it doesn’t matter if you brush first or floss first.

Toothbrushes should be left out in the open.To clean your toothbrush, rinse it to remove toothpaste and debris. Store your toothbrush upright and let it air dry. Make sure that your toothbrush does not touch any other toothbrushes to prevent cross contamination. Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container often, as this is conducive to the growth of bacteria.

Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 to 4 months.A worn toothbrush will not clean your teeth as well, so be sure to replace it every 3 to 4 months.

Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.Firm or medium-strength bristles may cause damage to your gums and tooth enamel, so choose a soft-bristled brush.

Brush for 2 minutes, 2 times a day.Make sure you brush for at least two minutes twice a day to keep your smile healthy.

Do not share your toothbrush.Sharing toothbrushes means sharing germs and bacteria. This is especially bad if you or the other party is sick or if one of you has a compromised immune system.

We invite you to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Franklin, Wisconsin. Dr. Ross, Dr. Chmiel, and our team are eager to serve you!

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