restorative dentistry

Is your Toothbrush up to Par?

Your tooth-brushing session is determined not by the toothpaste you use (although that helps) but by the quality of your toothbrush.

When was the last time you checked the quality of your toothbrush? Here are a few ways to tell if your toothbrush is working hard to keep your mouth clean.

A toothbrush is still good when:

  • It’s comfortable. Don’t worry about those fancy add-ons. Make sure to buy a toothbrush that you think will be comfortable for your mouth. This could take some trial and error, however it is completely worth it for your tooth brushing experience.
  • It has soft bristles. Ask one of our Preston One Dental Studio dentists about this to make sure this would be right for you, but the ADA recommends that most patients use a soft-bristled toothbrush so that you avoid damaging your teeth and gums.
  • It’s along the newer line. Your toothbrush should be changed about every three months. If you see fraying of the bristles and/or discoloration sooner than three months you should change it.
  • It’s clean and dry. This one is incredibly important! A wet toothbrush is the ideal home for bacteria that can actually make your mouth less clean than before you brushed your teeth.
  • Power brushes have proven to be a more effective toothbrush due to the amount of strokes/minute. But beware! Even power brush heads need to be replaced.

A good rule of thumb to follow is to replace any toothbrush or toothbrush head after about three months of use. For more information please call the Preston One Dental Studio office.