10 Things You Don't Know About Your Toothbrush

10 Things You Don't Know About Your Toothbrush

We use it daily, but how well do you know your toothbrush?

1. Yes, you should look for the ADA Seal when choosing a toothbrush.
The ADA Seal of Acceptance is the gold standard for toothbrush quality. It’s how you’ll know your toothbrush was evaluated to make sure bristles won’t fall out with normal use, the handle will stay strong and the toothbrush will help reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease.

2. The toothbrush is 5,000 years old. 
Ancient civilizations used a thin twig to remove food from teeth. Over time, toothbrushes evolved and made from bone and even bristles of hogs & boars. The modern-day nylon-bristled toothbrush we now know was invented in 1938. 

3. The first mass-produced toothbrush was invented in prison. 
In 1770, an Englishman named William Addis was jailed for inciting a riot. He saw fellow prisoners using a rag covered in soot or salt to clean their teeth. Addis saved an animal bone from dinner and received bristles from a guard. Accounts state he bore tiny holes into the bone, inserted the bristles and sealed them with glue. After his release, he modified his prototype & started Wisdom Toothbrushes, which still exists in the UK.

4.  Manual or powered? Your teeth don’t care.
Manual or powered toothbrush? It does not matter. You just need to brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Both types of toothbrush can effectively clean your teeth. 

5. There is no “correct” order for brushing and flossing.
Brushing before flossing, flossing before brushing - it doesn’t matter to your teeth, as long as you do both.

6. Toothbrushes like to be left out in the open.
If you store your toothbrush with other toothbrushes, make sure they are separated to prevent cross contamination. A moist environment such as a closed container is more conducive to the growth of unwanted bacteria than the open air.

7. Lifespan = 3-4 Months
Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do as good of a job cleaning your teeth. 

8. When it comes to choosing a brush, go soft.
Whether you use a manual or powered toothbrush you should choose a soft-bristled brush. Firm or even medium-strength bristles may cause damage to your gums and enamel. When brushing your teeth, don’t scrub vigorously—only brush hard enough to clean the film off your teeth.

9. Remember: 2 minutes, 2 times a day.
4 minutes a day goes a long way for your dental health. Put the time in each day to keep your smile healthy.

10. Sharing is caring, but not for toothbrushes.
Sharing a toothbrush can mean you’re also sharing germs and bacteria. This could be a particular concern if you have a cold or flu to spread, or you have a condition that leaves your immune system compromised. 

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