p11 Toothbrushes.

Ordinary or traditional-style toothbrushes or any of the equivalents below

are essential for successful cleaning of the teeth and gums. I have some

reservations about electric toothbrushes which I will discuss later.

How a toothbrush works.

Remember from page7 that to successfully dislodge the film covering teeth and gum, it was necessary to sweep upwards across the gum on and up over the teeth (and the opposite at the top). The intention is to do this job as easily as possible (and as quickly too - this job, however necessary, is not exciting enough to want to spend all day on). An ordinary toothbrush is the only tool I've yet come across which achieves all the needed actions in one sweep.

It is the action of the tip of the brush filament or bristle on the surface of the gum which provides sufficient pressure to dislodge the covering film.

The tip of the filament is narrow enough to allow even those with weakened arm or hand muscle power to carry across the gum surface effectively without damage. If the brush is used incorrectly damage to the tooth and gum is likely or inevitable.

Use as described on page7 on Rocaline's teeth, even a strong person cannot damage anything!

Design of brush.

I don't think this matters much. Like so many things in life - try them out. See which brush feels most comfortable for you to hold to:

get to the areas you need to; apply enough tip pressure; not too big for narrow bits; not too small for large areas; can be held in either hand. 

Some brushes have special grips or chunkier handles. Like before - try them all out. You'll be doing this brushing thing for probably longer than anything else in your life so you should make it as easy (and fun?) as you can! As long as you can achieve the end result without damage, it's your personal choice.

The most stylish brush I've seen was bought for me from The Design Centre in London many years ago. It was useless for my teeth though it would be fine for many people. It had a small head and a sweeping, graceful handle - cost a lot too, I remember - the equivalent of about £12 Sterling now. I've still got it. But because I liked its appearance, I only used it the once.

 

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