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Toothbrush Handles…Does It Matter?

August 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 5:40 pm

I have received a great deal of feedback regarding my last article about toothbrushes.  Many readers have requested more information concerning toothbrush selection.

     I believe one of the most overlooked parts of the toothbrush is the handle.  Believe it or not a great deal of research goes into the design of a toothbrush handle.

     Straight handle:  This handle usually accompanies a brush with a flat edge.  This design acts to decrease pain in the gums when brushing.

     Bent handle:  Typically the end of the brush is wavy.  This allows you to reach around turns in the month. It is especially helpful reaching around the back of second molars.

     Handles with ridges:  These are very important handles.  They allow people who have a hard time holding a toothbrush to get a little better grip.  People with big or little hands, weak hand muscles or anyone with a reduced hand / muscle function can benefit from this handle. 

    Handles with cute characters on them:  Children’s toothbrush handles usually have alligators or cartoon characters on them.   This serves two purposes, its fun to brush with them and it gives a child’s small, inexperienced hands something to grip.

    Most importantly remember that no matter which toothbrush you select it will only be helpful if you brush three times a day for a minimum of 2 minutes and don’t forget to floss.

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