Practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis is the best way to prevent oral complications from arising in the future. The first tool to start with is a toothbrush. Brushing the teeth at least twice a day every single day of the year is the best way to keep them bright and healthy. Brushing rids of leftover food particles that cause bacteria to grow and attack the teeth. Skipping toothbrush sessions is the quickest way to develop tooth decay, which could lead to gum disease and tooth loss.
When purchasing a toothbrush, it’s best to choose a brand that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This seal ensures that the toothbrush is of great quality because a team of researchers and scientists evaluated the toothbrush and have approved the bristles to make sure they are effectively cleaning the teeth.
Individuals may wonder if an electric toothbrush is better than a manual toothbrush, but the truth is they both effectively clean the teeth. All that matters is that the teeth are being tended to at least twice a day for two minutes. Speeding through cleanings is not recommended because any leftover food and bacteria can be harmful to the teeth and gums.
Whether electric or manual, it’s important to always select toothbrushes with soft bristles. Using medium or hard strength bristles can be harmful to the gums and tooth enamel. It’s a common misconception to believe that hard bristles cleans the teeth better than soft bristles. The most important thing is to brush hard enough to remove the film from the teeth, which doesn’t require hard scrubbing.
There are specific ways to take care of a toothbrush to ensure its longevity. After each use, toothbrushes should be rinsed off to remove any lingering toothpaste and debris. Toothbrushes should also be placed upright and allowed to air dry. There shouldn’t be anything covering toothbrushes because bacteria likes to grow in enclosed areas. Toothbrushes should not be touching one another if more than one is stored in the same area. If toothbrushes are properly taken care of, then they should last up to three or four months. However, they shouldn’t be used after four months because the bristles are weaker and won’t effectively clean the teeth.
At McBride Dental, we have spent years helping our patients maintain great oral health by providing efficient preventative care services. Some of our services include thorough evaluations, X-rays, and deep cleanings. We also offer other services for our patients who are experiencing specific oral issues. For example, we offer gum disease treatment, dental implants, fillings, and cosmetic dentistry services. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, call us today at (760) 471-1003. We look forward to assisting you with your oral health needs and helping you attain the smile you desire.