Even if you buy a quality toothbrush, don’t count on it lasting more than three to four months on average. With regular brushing and flossing, bristles fray and bend, making it difficult to clean your teeth effectively. If you’ve been sick, you might consider changing your toothbrush even if it still has a little shelf life.
If you notice bent or discolored bristles, you should purchase a new toothbrush, even if the one you have is relatively new.
Purchasing a New Toothbrush
The American Dental Association (ADA) and your dentist in Brentwood, TN, recommend choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles. The toothbrush—as well as your floss—should carry the ADA seal of approval.
Purchasing the right toothbrush is important, but so is the way you brush. You should incorporate a circular motion that also cleans the gums. And it’s crucial to hit every tooth on all sides.
When flossing, be sure to follow the natural curves of teeth. You never want to force your floss through a tight or overlapping space. And always use a fresh section as you move along.
Additional Tips for a Healthy Smile
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice daily, but if you can do so after every meal, all the better! We also recommend daily flossing for the best results.
In addition to your regular at-home routine, it’s important to see your Brentwood, TN, dentist every six months for comprehensive exams and professional teeth cleanings. At this visit, we also provide an oral cancer screening.
Finally, if you notice any changes since your last visit—tooth sensitivity or oral sores that don’t improve—we encourage you to contact our dental office.
Preventive Dentistry in Brentwood, TN
Is it time for your next dental checkup and teeth cleaning? Do you have questions for our team? Reach out today to arrange a visit or to chat with a friendly staff member.