What is your toothbrush saying about your oral health? Darien, CT family dentist Dr. David Pereira stresses the importance of preventive dental care for your oral health. Brushing and flossing are key components in your oral hygiene routine, but is your toothbrush doing a good job?
Proper brushing technique is key to keeping your teeth clean on a daily basis. Dr. Pereira and our compassionate dental care team will be happy to give you some brushing tips and tricks at your next dentist office visit. The first step to effective brushing is making sure your toothbrush is well taken care. Here are some basic care tips for your toothbrush.
1.Hard-Bristled Brushes Do Not Brush Better
Contrary to popular belief hard-bristle brushes do not brush better. Hard bristles do not bend and form to the dips and crevices of your teeth and gums. Hard bristles can miss plaque between your teeth creating potential breeding grounds for tooth decay. Hard bristles can also irritate your gums. Dr. Pereira recommends that most patients select a soft, or extra soft bristled brush for better brushing.
2. Round or Rectangular
Studies have not shown a significant difference in effectiveness between round or rectangular brushes. What is important is that your toothbrush fits well in your mouth. Your toothbrush should be able to clean the furthest molar in your mouth all the way around. If you have a particularly narrow jaw you may prefer a tapered tooth brush that will fit better in your mouth. Try a few different size and shapes until you find a brush that feels right.
3. Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
The ADA predicts that almost 40 percent of Americans are unsure of when to switch out their old brush. Most professionals will recommend changing out your brush at least once every 3- 4 months. Bacteria can grow in your the bristles, and wear can make the brush less effective. A new toothbrush will clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly.
Schedule An Appointment Darien, CT
Regular visits to our Darien dentist office can also help keep your teeth and gums healthy and your smile bright and beautiful. Professional dental cleanings can reach the plaque brushing can not to help keep tooth decay at bay. Schedule a visit to see Dr. Pereira and enjoy a clean and healthy smile.