Don’t forget to take good care of your toothbrush!
Did you know that toothbrush hygiene is just as important as oral hygiene? In order to keep your smile healthy and sparkling, it's vital to take care of your toothbrush. Our dentists are here to discuss what type of toothbrush to buy, how to properly brush your teeth with a toothbrush, and how often you should replace the toothbrush. Follow these tips and you'll have a healthy smile for years to come!
What type of toothbrush should I purchase?
There are many different toothbrush types on the market, so it can be confusing to know which one to buy. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that everyone use a toothbrush with soft bristles. This is because the toothbrush can clean your teeth and gums more effectively without having to put extra pressure on it.
How do I properly brush my teeth?
To brush your teeth properly, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush. Aim the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line. Brush your teeth in small circular motions. Make note to brush on the inside surfaces of the teeth and to brush the tongue to remove excess bacteria that might contribute to bad breath. Brushing your teeth should take approximately two minutes to complete in most cases.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
Your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months. This is because the bristles will start to wear down and become less effective at cleaning your teeth over time. It's also important to replace your toothbrush after you've been sick, as bacteria might linger on the toothbrush and could cause reinfection. You do not want to reinfect yourself with the cold or flu you just recovered from!
Schedule a visit with the team at Montefiore Medical Center to learn more about caring for your toothbrush
The instruments and tools you use to keep your teeth healthy need attention just as much as your smile! our team at Montefiore Medical Center is here to educate you on the advantages of caring for your toothbrush. Call (888) 700-6623 to book an appointment at our practice with our friendly front office team.