Taking good care of your oral health requires a myriad of things: brushing twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily to remove what your toothbrush missed, and visiting your dentist every six months for cleaning, polishing, and dental exam.
Using the correct tools makes any job easier. Since you brush your teeth at least twice every day the right toothbrush for you is important.
One of the best investments you can make to help maintain great dental health is to acquire an electronic toothbrush. The brush bristles do all the work – all you have to do is guide the brush head around to reach all areas of your mouth.
We are told that effective and correct teeth brushing involves brushing for two minutes every time … an electronic toothbrush usually has some type of timer that will let you know when you have reached that two minute mark.
Also, you do not need to use excessive force when brushing to keep plaque under control. A heavy hand can actually do more harm so the even action with minimal pressure is another advantage when using an electronic toothbrush.
A general guideline for replacing your toothbrush is at three months; but since brushing habits can vary, you should inspect your toothbrush and replace it sooner if needed. If bristles are allowed to weaken, you will not receive the proper cleaning.
Worn bristles may not be the only reason to replace your toothbrush … if you have brushed your teeth during illness, you either need to disinfect or replace.
Important facts to know to care and protect your toothbrush … never store your brush in an enclosed case when wet – this allows bacteria to grow. Allow your brush to be exposed to air to dry out between uses.
Family members need to keep their toothbrushes separate never allowing them to touch. This is critically important especially if a family member suffers from periodontal disease.
Another important fact that often goes unnoticed … most people keep their toothbrush sitting on a bathroom cabinet. But did you know that every time the toilet is flushed, minute particles are thrown into the air with every flush. You should keep your exposed toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible.
Brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and replace your brush every three months or sooner if needed. For tips on dental health, call our office today!