5 Things You May Not Know About Your Toothbrush

  • November 5, 2020

dentist Sterling HeightsFrom a very early age we are taught the importance of brushing our teeth. Many people don’t realize that there are guidelines on how to properly care for a toothbrush. Your dentist may provide a toothbrush, floss, and a toothpaste sample with each cleaning appointment. These products provide a good idea of what you might consider using. But it’s up to you to learn how to maximize the use of these tools.

Did You Know …? 

  1. You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months – sooner if bristles appear to be worn. If you should become ill, it is important to change toothbrushes or sterilize your toothbrush to prevent illness from recurring.
  2. The ADA seal on your teeth cleaning products lets you know that you are using approved tools to maintain your dental health.
  3. How you brush is important. Use a soft bristle toothbrush; scrubbing your teeth is not necessary. Employing a circular motion to reach the top, front, and back of all teeth is the correct form. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time. A light brushing of gum tissue daily is important for your gingiva health.
  4. We’re taught to share as children, but this is one time that sharing does not apply! By sharing, even with a loved one, you are putting everyone’s oral health in jeopardy.
  5. The correct way to store your toothbrush is to rinse thoroughly following use, and place with bristles exposed to the air. Never store upside down or enclose in a case. The inability to air out between uses can lead to bacteria formation. Never allow toothbrushes stored in close proximity to touch each other.

The Importance of Good Oral Health

Research has proven that the condition of your oral health can greatly impact overall health. With this in mind, the importance of cleaning teeth properly is paramount to enjoying both a great smile while contributing to good health.

Make sure to visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and a dental exam. Great brushing habits and regular dental visits are important ways to keep your permanent teeth healthy to serve you well for your lifetime. Call our team at Forever Young Dentistry today to schedule your next appointment.