As you know, a toothbrush is a key part of maintaining a healthy smile. But what do you really know about this useful dental health tool? For example, when should you replace it? How do you choose a toothbrush? What kind should you avoid? Knowing more can help you keep your smile healthy and bright!

What Type of Brush Should You Select?

First, look at the label. Often you will see a seal for the ADA (American Dental Association). This means the product meets their standards. In addition, take into consideration the bristles. They typically come in soft, medium, and hard options. We recommend soft, as brushing too hard with either medium or hard can actually wear away the enamel and hurt your tooth. You can choose either a manual or electric toothbrush, as long as you are brushing correctly either can provide the results you need.

How Do You Clean Your Teeth?

Lets talk about how long you should brush for. Most people assume a few seconds is enough, as long as the brush comes in contact with every surface of the tooth. However, the minimum is two minutes. You should be brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, in the morning when you wake up and again before you go to bed.

For the front and back of your teeth, hold the brush at a 45-degree angle. For the tops, hold it flat. Be sure to reach the back teeth, the gum line, and the tongue (doing so can help prevent bad breath).

When Should You Replace It?

You don’t keep the same toothbrush forever. You should purchase a new one once the bristles appear worn or every three months, whichever comes first. However, if you have been sick then you need to obtain a new one right away, otherwise harmful agents could cling to the bristles and you could become sick again. In a pinch, you can microwave the toothbrush for a minute to help sterilize it. If you have any questions about dental homecare then please contact our office today.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.