September 22, 2017
Your toothbrush is your go-to dental product that you use to keep your teeth clean and healthy. While you often do not put much thought into it, did you know that not all are created equally? In fact, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston recently found that hollow-head toothbrushes have up to 3,000 times the bacterial growth than a solid-head. As a result, you may want to reconsider your choice in power toothbrushes.
Solid-Head vs. Hollow-Head Toothbrushes
The Journal of Dental Hygiene recently published the findings of a three-week study that involved participants who brushed their teeth twice a day using randomly selected power toothbrushes. During the study, a non-antimicrobial toothpaste was used while they continued to floss their teeth regularly. To provide consistent results, they were advised not to use any additional dental products, like mouthrinses.
The results found that the brush heads were exposed to five different categories of microorganisms: anaerobes and facultative microorganisms, yeast and mold, oral streptococci and oral enterococci anaerobes, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium species. At the end of the three-week study, it was found that hollow-head power toothbrushes have as much as 3,000 times the bacteria growth than a solid-head when grouped in 9 out of 10 comparisons.
Protect Your Oral Health with the Right Toothbrush
Although there is currently no published study that shows a connection between bacteria growth and systemic health issues, Fusobacterium has been connected to colorectal cancer. Other strains of bacteria have been linked to cardiovascular disease. In addition, there is evidence that supports a high association between cardiovascular disease and gum disease as the same bacteria that is found in the periodontal infection can be found around the heart.
To protect your oral and overall health, it is recommended that you choose a solid-head toothbrush when possible. However, distinguishing the difference can be a challenge. When making your selection, look for those that have soft nylon bristles.
To reduce the growth of bacteria, it is best to allow your toothbrush to dry in an upright position in between uses. You can also soak it in a mouthwash for 20 minutes. If your toothbrush includes an ultraviolet system, this will also help to decrease the growth of bacteria.
Get a Healthy Smile Today!
With the right dental tools and the proper oral hygiene habits at home, you can help to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth that can compromise your oral health. In addition to your care at home, it is best to see your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
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