How to choose pregnancy toothbrush

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Written by Arjun KR

Arjun KR

How to choose Pregnancy toothbrush

One of the most beautiful phases in a woman’s life is the period of pregnancy. Whenever you get the good news, a bucket of happiness suddenly fills your surroundings. Along with all the happy and great things, this is a delicate phase, and you may face several unusual health issues like gaining weight, mood swings, even some women observe dental problems. 

Pregnancy leads to hormonal changes in your body. In addition to other physical issues, this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. You can feel unusual irritation and inflammation in the gum and teeth. In severe cases, it leads to red, puffy, and tender gums and bleeding during brushing your teeth. 

But how to get rid of such an irritating problem? Do you need to change your toothbrush? If yes, why?

This piece of article will walk you through the answers to all such questions. Stay connected.

Do You Need a Pregnancy toothbrush?

Pregnancy increases the risks of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Along with this, nausea, vomiting, and reflux are common issues that start with gestation which affects the teeth and other oral organs. Moreover, during pregnancy, your body becomes sensitive and easily gets infected. Therefore, you need to be very careful about any cuts and bleedings. Even a small cut on the body increases the risk of infection. As our mouth is highly exposed to foods, drinks, and other external materials, the risk of oral infection is high. Hence, you should not take any risk of bleeding gum while you are expecting.

Pregnancy toothbrushes are designed to keep the delicate condition of pregnant women in mind. Unlike the traditional toothbrush which has hard bristles that create more pressure, wear and tear on the sensitive gum, these pregnancy toothbrushes have soft bristles. Made with high-quality materials, these products gently massage your gums but efficiently clean the cavities and improve dental health.

Who should use a pregnancy toothbrush?

According to NCIB, daily oral and dental care is a must during pregnancy. Due to the irritation and inflammation in the teeth and gums, many pregnant women stop taking care of their teeth which can lead to more complicated issues. you are someone who is facing bleeding gums while using a normal toothbrush, you should opt for a pregnancy toothbrush. These are great in cleaning your teeth while do not impart pressure on the gum and teeth. But before deciding to go for a pregnancy toothbrush, consult your doctor.

Benefits of a Pregnancy toothbrush

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 50% to 70% of women experience gingivitis. In this disease, the gums become red and swollen and cause severe inflammation. Experts say that this occurs due to hormonal changes in the body. 

Pregnancy toothbrushes are great in removing plaque than regular ones. Moreover, these are specially designed keeping the health conditions of pregnant women in mind. The micro-fine bristles are soft and give gentle massage to the gums and the chance of gum damage is almost nil. 

Different Types Of Pregnancy toothbrush

Nylon bristles toothbrushes were first invented back in 1930 with no options available. But with technological advancement, the current market offers a basket of options to the consumers. Based on different types of requirements you can find brushes for kids, adults, pregnant women. Even the traditional disposable toothbrushes are getting replaced by electronic toothbrushes.

If we talk about good oral health practices, daily brushing is the most important part of this. As long as you brush regularly, you can use either a manual toothbrush or a powered one. We are used to see the below two types of toothbrushes.

  • Disposable Toothbrush
  • Electric Toothbrush

Both are good in terms of efficiency and cleaning. But there are some points that need to be considered before opting from the above two types.

Cost:

There is no need to emphasize that electronic toothbrushes cost much more than the traditional disposable ones. Along with this, the recurring cost is also high. There are many consumable items like the brush head, and battery which can pull out more money than the disposable ones.

Likability:

Some people may not like the vibration of electronic toothbrushes on their gum and teeth, and they are more comfortable with the traditional disposable ones. But if the person has movement restrictions like painful arthritis.

Effectiveness:

Both disposable and electronic toothbrushes are good in terms of effectiveness. In the case of a disposable manual one, you need to follow some best practices like a pattern of movement of the brush for better results. Though as per some experts, a specific type of rotational electronic toothbrush called the rotation oscillation toothbrush is more effective than the manual one.

Safety:

Though all the toothbrushes are approved by competent authorities, it depends on the usage of the individual. If someone damages his gum or teeth due to vigorous brushing, then the controlled movement of the electronic one is safer for him.

Tips for choosing a toothbrush:

There are certain criteria you should keep in mind while choosing your toothbrush.

Size:

The head size of the toothbrush should easily access the tooth surface. If the head size is large, it’s difficult to manoeuvre it inside the mouth and can damage the inner surface of the mouth.

Bristle variety:

There are varieties of bristles available for your disposable or electronic toothbrush. Depending on your requirement, you can select soft, medium, or hard nylon bristles. Toothbrush manufacturing companies have come up with different designs like zig-zag bristles, flat type, concave-shaped, and all to give a better experience to their users. 

Just as you take good care of all the other health aspects during your pregnancy, you should look after your teeth as well. Using a proper toothbrush can help you to avoid several risks like infection, bad breath, and more. From the large options available in the market, you can select the best-suited toothbrush for you and enjoy your pregnancy.

 

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