April 7, 2020
Your toothbrush is the most important tool you have at home to protect your smile from common dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth at least twice a day, which means your toothbrush is going to get a lot of use. Eventually, the daily wear and tear will make your toothbrush less effective and it will need to be replaced. Here’s how to get the most out of your toothbrush to keep your smile healthy.
How Often Do I Replace My Toothbrush?
Your toothbrush is essential for removing food particles and plaque, which can lead to cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. When the correct brushing methods are used, your toothbrush is highly effective; however, if your bristles are worn, you won’t benefit from the maximum cleaning level. It’s best to replace your toothbrush whenever the bristles are worn or every 3-4 months – whichever comes first.
Which Toothbrush is Right for Me?
When it’s time to replace your toothbrush, you have more options than ever. While each one is unique, there are two key differences between them all. You’ll need to decide whether a manual or an electric toothbrush is right for you.
A manual toothbrush is a tried-and-true option that’s affordable and effective when used correctly. Unfortunately, many people don’t brush properly or long enough, compromising your smile. As a result, an electric toothbrush can be more effective because it offers more brush strokes per minute; however, they are more expensive when it’s time to replace them.
Overall, choosing between a manual and an electric is a personal preference. To ensure you make the best decision for your smile, there are a few other considerations to keep in mind as well, such as:
- The American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance
- Soft bristles
- Size of the brush head
- Comfortable handle
How Can I Get the Most Out of My Toothbrush?
With the right toothbrush by your side, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy in between your routine dental appointments. It’s best to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each session. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. Use circular motions to brush all surfaces of your teeth. Don’t forget to clean your tongue.
Besides brushing, you also need to floss in between each tooth each day. This removes anything your toothbrush can’t reach to protect your smile from gum disease.
Invest in a Healthy Smile
A healthy smile starts at home. With the right oral hygiene products by your side, you can ensure your teeth and gums last for a lifetime.
About Dr. Bita Kamali
Dr. Kamali first completed a hygiene program at the Baylor College of Dentistry. She went on to pursue her career as a dentist, earning her degree in 2000. Supported by over 20 years of experience, she helps her patients reach their oral health goals thorough a focus on prevention. If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today.