Toothbrushes

Too large, too thick, too hard – these are the main characteristics of most toothbrushes. This also applies to the frequently recommended medium-hard toothbrushes as well as many children's toothbrushes. Make sure you check the bristles (soft) and, in particular, the bristle area (small). Use an ultra soft toothbrush with a small head of 2 cm length.

The job of a toothbrush
The main task of the toothbrush is to remove plaque, ie to destroy the structure of this biofilm that has grown and thus to render the mass of plaque safe. One hundred per cent removal of plaque is not possible or desirable because a sterile mouth would be extremely unhealthy. Only relatively thick and old layers of bacteria cause caries and gum inflammations.

A common toothbrush is not enough!
A toothbrush in its own is not enough to offer full plaque control in and around the critically important gum line.  Dental plaque remaining in inaccessible spots is responsible for 100% of caries and gingivitis.  This is mainly down to the inappropriate types of toothbrushes generally in use.  Bristles are either too hard to adapt to the tooth anatomy, or the brush heads are too large to offer full access.  In addition patients often believe that ‘big and powerful’ brushes are best for increased cleaning power, whereas in fact they are more likely to lead to lesions to the gums and exposed tooth-necks.

Tooth Brushing Technique
Brush at least twice a day - after breakfast and before bedtime. If you can, brush after lunch or after sweet snacks. Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones. Take your time while brushing. Spend at least 3 minutes each time you brush. If you have trouble keeping track of the time, use a timer or play a recording of a song you like to help pass the time. Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles. Change your toothbrush every 3 months.

Step 1:
Hold your toothbrush flat against the teeth and gums, one half of the bristles covering the gums and the other half covering the surface of your teeth.
Step 2:
Using fine circular movements and applying a small amount of pressure move the toothbrush along the tooth row from the front to the back.
Step 3:
After the careful cleaning of the first half of the upper jaw, proceed to the other half.
Step 4:
The compact head of the 5460 ideally suits the vertical access required for effective cleaning of the palatal area.
Step 5:
Once again the compact head and softer filaments also come into their own when needing to reach the molars furthest back.
Step 6:
Even if you have a narrow jaw, the smaller head of your toothbrush still allows effective access to clean the difficult to reach lingual area.