If a manual brush is being used correctly, and with the correct fluoride toothpaste, then they are a great way of removing plaque (bacteria) which causes tooth decay. Make sure you are using the correct brush for you. This is usually a soft to medium brush with round ended bristles. The head size should not be too big, so it can reach all areas of the mouth. There are other brush features which could make it easier for individuals to use them and make brushing more effective. Extra Soft/Soft bristles – Especially good for people with sensitive gums Rounded end bristles – reduces any irritation of gums Angled/bendy neck – can make it easier to reach the back of the mouth with the brush head at the correct angle. Handle shape – different grip for hand sizes, make sure it’s easy to hold and manoeuvre – there are some which fit tiny hand (kids) Tongue cleaner – Can be helpful removing bacteria from the tongue to prevent bad breath (rubber maybe more hygienic than using the brush part) Rubber filaments – can help remove larger pieces of food debris from between teeth Braces – there are brushes designed to fit around a brace Make sure you clean it every three months or after illness
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