Authored by Minahil Syed
The Importance of Oral Health
There are approximately 6 billion bacteria in a human mouth, and while your mouth contains a host of good bacteria, it also contains an adverse number of bad bacteria, i.e. germs. When your toothbrush comes into constant contact with these microbes — whether it be bacteria, saliva, blood, or toothpaste — it itself becomes contaminated! The most common dentist recommendation is to simply rinse your toothbrush with tap water after brushing.
What Does Toothbrush Care Encompass?
Research has shown that even after you rinse your toothbrush under running water, while it may look visibly clean, it can still host numerous pathogens. But don’t get too worried! This may not be a reason to get too worried!
Because while various methods of deep cleaning and sterilization have been increasingly studied and developed, no published work insofar has found that brushing your teeth with a ‘contaminated’ toothbrush has led to detrimental side effects. While this may make toothbrush care seem unnecessary, dentists still recommend tips such as:
- Do not share toothbrushes! This increases the probability of infection and cross-contamination. Consider a hypothetical where your friend is allergic to peanuts and you, an avid enjoyer of peanuts-flavoured candies, hands them your recently used toothbrush. Not a good ending…same idea here!
- Avoid storing toothbrushes in containers or washing them with ‘disinfecting’ solutions. Over time, this can lead to the growth of mildew and spread more germs. Allow your toothbrush to air dry, if you do use a container, use one with holes for ventilation purposes. A moist environment can lead to the growth of germs!
- Replace your toothbrushes every 3–4 months. You may want to replace it even sooner if the bristles look damaged or extremely worn.
How to Properly Brush Your Teeth
Most people are aware that you should be brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, however, how many can say that they know the proper method to brush your teeth? Proper technique helps fight gum recession, erosion of enamel, cavities, and even gum disease.
The Guided BASS technique, as recommended by the American Dental Association, involves holding your brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums and moving it back and forth in short strokes across each tooth.
The following step is then to brush under the gum, across the bottom edge of your tooth; this ensures that all surfaces of the teeth are equally clean. Clean the inside area of your back teeth, upper teeth, and front teeth by positioning your toothbrush vertically and cleaning a maximum of three teeth at a time.
The BASS brushing technique is actually used to treat gum diseases since it involves cleaning the gumline as well — this area needs to be cleaned because plaque accumulates there and can eventually form tartar if not properly targeted.
Ora-3D and the Recommended BASS Technique
Ora-3D’s innovative design is inspired by the aforementioned BASS technique and is therefore able to reach 3X more surface area when brushing! Additionally, it only needs to be charged 4 times a year. The brush head is designed with a 45-degree angle and cleans whatever it comes into contact with, all you need to do is hold it in place! The dual-sided soft bristled brush remove plaque from your gumline and the three-dimensional technology is water-proof, has a 90-day battery life, and only takes 8 hours to fully charge. Ora-Brush heads are made from silicon and nylon bristles, hence being able to last for a period of around 3 months!
Make sure to store your toothbrush in an upright position and keep them separated from one another to avoid the possibility of a contamination issue. Do what you can to avoid contamination issues via the above mentioned list and use the guided BASS technique to maintain the shiniest and healthiest teeth you possibly can!
Authored by Minahil Syed
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