If you had to make a guess regarding the most important at-home dental tool, what would you say?  In our opinion, we think it’s your toothbrush.  It is the main line of defense and protection when it comes to your overall oral health. 

There are so many toothbrush options that it can be very confusing when it is time to choose.  We recommend a brush that has soft nylon bristles and a small head that can easily reach all areas of your mouth.  The handle should be long and wide enough to fit comfortably in your own hand and offer some sort of texture that increases the grip.  You can also choose to use an electric toothbrush – which sometimes take a little time getting used to.  These toothbrushes utilize a fast, rotary motion that covers a much larger area than a regular toothbrush.  Instead of pressing down too hard or using the wrong motion with a manual toothbrush, the electronic option does it all for you.

You should change to new toothbrush every 3-4 months – same goes for changing the head of the electronic toothbrush.  The moment the bristles start to fray, fall off, or discolor, the brush is no longer working correctly, and you could be spreading more bacteria in your month.  If you catch a cold or the flu, change your toothbrush immediately once you recover!

It is best to always store your toothbrush upright when you can and to let it dry before you use it again – unless you are choosing to soak it in antiseptic.  You want to keep the toothbrush dry, uncovered, and away from other people’s toothbrushes. 

Remember, with any toothbrush, make sure your brush a minimum of two times a day, for two minutes each time, and partner with daily flossing and mouth wash.

 

 

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