Most of us understand the importance of brushing and flossing our teeth daily, however did you know that the toothbrush and technique that you use are equally important? Using a toothbrush with the wrong type of bristles and brushing too vigorously can result in damage to your gum tissue. This is why your Richardson dentist is here to share some toothbrush tips with you.
Choose The Right Brush
With so many toothbrushes on the market these days it’s sometimes hard to know where to start when it’s time to choose one. A good rule of thumb is to pick a brush with soft bristles and a small head. Soft bristles are less likely to cause damage to your gum tissue, while a small head makes it easier to reach those places way in the back of your mouth. Consulting with your dentist about which type of toothbrush they recommend is the best way to protect your teeth and gums and ensure optimal brushing.
When Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
The general rule for replacing a toothbrush is when it starts to show signs of wear, or every three months. Many toothbrushes have colored bristles that will fade over time so you can tell when it’s time to replace them. The bristles may also start to spread or flatten when it’s time for replacement. If you’ve had a cold or other illness, you should replace your toothbrush as soon as you’re well in order to prevent reinfection.
Electric vs Manual Toothbrushes
For many folks an electric toothbrush may be the better option, especially for those who have the tendency to brush vigorously. An electric brush takes care of the brushing action for you, and it even times your session to ensure that you’re brushing for the recommended two minutes. It also brushes more gently, to ensure that there’s no damage to your gum tissue. Once you get used to the vibration of an electric brush, you’ll appreciate the results it achieves.
Electric brushes do present a higher cost than manual brushes but they’re very durable and should last a long time. You’ll also need to replace the brush heads every three months or so as you would replace a manual toothbrush.
At Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics, we believe that prevention is the best medicine, and we’re here to help you determine the most comfortable way to brush your teeth so you can achieve optimal home care. Our hygiene team can offer you tips and techniques for optimum brushing and with regular brushing, flossing and dental visits you can prevent many issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay from ever happening in the first place.
Dr. Nathan Coughlin and Dr. Christine Coughlin are here to be your family dentists in Richardson, TX and your partners in maintaining optimum oral health. We welcome all members of the family and have specialized services to meet the needs of even the smallest patients. Contact our office today to schedule your next cleaning and check up.