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Toothbrushing 101

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Dr. Mal Braverman

With the countless amounts of toothbrushes on store shelves how do you know which is the best fit for you? What material should your toothbrush be and how often should you be replacing them? Below you’ll find answers to many of these questions to help you better understand the most effective way to brush your teeth!

Toothbrush Material

It is recommended that you use a soft or ultra-soft bristled toothbrush. Softer bristles are more effective at cleaning gum lines and are more gently on the gum tissues at the same time. If you use harder bristles, over time they can cause important tooth enamel and dentin to wear away, essentially weakening the crown of the tooth overtime.

Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes can be a great alternative to manual brushes. If used properly, certain electric toothbrushes can be more effective at cleaning your teeth by removing unwanted plaque and buildup from your mouth.

Replacing Toothbrushes

At minimum, you should replace your toothbrush every 3 months. However, if you have recently suffered from a cold or flu, you should be sure to replace your toothbrush right away, as continuing to us it could re-expose you to bacteria. Do not let your toothbrush get so worn in or frayed, be sure to replace your toothbrush (manual & electric) for optimal cleanliness!

Keep Your Teeth Healthy Today!

In order to keep your teeth healthy for many years to come, not only is brushing an vital part to keep up with, but visiting your dentist for regular exams is vital as well! Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

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