At Walden Square Dental, we want you to have the healthiest mouth possible, starting at home with proper oral hygiene. In this blog, we’ll discuss when to change your toothbrush, why it’s crucial, proper brushing techniques, and the benefits of an electric toothbrush so you can maintain a beautiful smile.
How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?
If you’re taking your oral hygiene seriously, brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes and floss once daily. If you’re brushing this frequently, you should change your toothbrush every 2-3 months.
Changing your toothbrush after having a sickness such as strep throat may also be a good idea because bacteria can linger even after you’re healthy, so switching your toothbrush will reduce your risk of reinfecting yourself.
If you have braces, consider changing your toothbrush more often to ensure you clean your mouth thoroughly and prevent tooth decay.
Why is it so Important to Change Your Toothbrush?
Wear and Tear: Over time, the bristles of your toothbrush will become worn down and won’t clean your teeth as thoroughly. The firmness of the bristles is crucial to removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth, so swapping your toothbrush out every few months will ensure that you’re thoroughly cleaning your teeth.
Bacteria Buildup: Bacteria will build up on your toothbrush over time, some from brushing and some from the environment around your toothbrush. Swapping out your toothbrush can ensure that you’re getting the best possible use out of your toothbrush and aren’t adding more bacteria to your mouth while brushing.
How to Brush Teeth Properly
- Ask your dentist for a recommendation for toothpaste and toothbrushes; dentists will likely recommend fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily, allowing 30 seconds for each section of your mouth.
- Use proper brushing techniques, starting with brushing outer and inner surfaces, then moving to chewing surfaces, gums, and tongue.
- A little discipline in your brushing routine will help to leave your teeth and gums feeling healthy and refreshed.
Benefits of Using an Electric Toothbrush
Personalized clean: An electric toothbrush can provide extra care and benefits if you’re looking for bad breath prevention or whiter teeth. Certain electric toothbrushes come with revolutionary technology that may include different brushing modes, tongue cleaning, gum care, and whitening, which can meet your brushing needs.
Promotes gum health: Electric toothbrushes allow for effective plaque removal, which helps to prevent gum disease. Brushing your gums effectively with an electric toothbrush will help to keep your gums healthy in the future.
Strengthens your teeth: reducing plaque with an electric toothbrush and preventing plaque buildup also helps to strengthen your teeth to prevent future loss.
Beautiful Smiles for a Lifetime
Visiting your dentist regularly and implementing good brushing techniques will help to strengthen your teeth and gums and promote excellent oral health. The professionals at Walden Square Dental prioritize giving you a healthy smile and a comfortable and safe environment when visiting our office.
Head over to our website to learn more about us and the services we offer to give you your perfect smile. To schedule an appointment, call 847-223-0110 today!