Your oral health is a key component of your overall health. One of the most powerful tools to protect your oral health is your toothbrush. However, many patients don’t give their toothbrush much thought. It is time that you get to know your toothbrush to ensure it is providing maximum benefits towards your dental health and overall well-being. While we see patients twice a year for routine dental cleanings, the cleanings you do at home can make a profound difference in the outcome of your dental health:
Here are some top FAQ’s about toothbrushes:
Should my toothbrush be soft bristled or hard bristled?
Unless your dentist tells you differently, opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush. Plaque is a sticky yet soft substance that doesn’t require vigorous scrubbing to remove. Therefore, in order to protect your gums while effectively cleaning your teeth, a soft bristled brush is best. Think of removing plaque from your teeth like you would syrup from your grandmother’s china!
Are electric toothbrushes more effective than manual toothbrushes?
Not necessarily. The frequency, duration and technique of your brushing habits matters much more than the type of toothbrush you use. Therefore, if an electric toothbrush helps you brush more, opt for that choice.
When should I replace your toothbrush?
A very important and often overlooked rule of toothbrushes. You should replace your toothbrush about every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if the bristles are showing wear. You may also want to change out your toothbrush if you’ve been sick. Set a reminder on your calendar so that you don’t forget this critical step or oral hygiene.
How should I store my toothbrush?
Store your toothbrush upright so that it can dry quickly. Also, you will need to keep it away from your toilet, about six feet is recommended. This prevents airborne bacteria from traveling from your toilet to your oral hygiene tools! In addition, use your own toothbrush holder instead of sharing one with your spouse or another family member in order to minimize germ sharing.
Did you know that the toothbrush was chosen as the number one invention that Americans couldn’t live without? Get to know the facts about your toothbrush so that you use it best. At Green Dental of Alexandria, we are committed to helping patients achieve optimal oral health, which begins at home with your personal toothbrush.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria
Green Dental of Alexandria – Alexandria Dentist
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725