Everything you need to know about your toothbrush

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A toothbrush is one of those things that you never leave for a trip without, right? Why is that when you leave for a trip, you will stop by a gas station or convenience store to purchase one? Well, for most people, brushing their teeth has become a habit. So, what should you know about your toothbrush? Everything! Okay, we joke. At Cosmetic Family & Dentistry of Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, we understand the relationship you have with your toothbrush. Not only does your toothbrush clean your teeth, it also needs to be cleaned. Here are some great tips:

  • After every use, clean your toothbrush.
  • Rinse your toothbrush.
  • It is not a good idea to leave any debris on the toothbrush, this will allow bacteria to grow.
  • Some people like to soak their toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash for a deeper cleanse.
  • Storage is key!
  • For additive protection, purchase a cover that lets the bristles dry while protecting
  • However, avoid an airtight cover that can foster bacteria and let mold develop.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months is recommended. (We know, it can be hard to let go. Alas, we must.)
  • Be on the lookout for signs of wear and tear like old and frayed bristles.
  • Also, never share your toothbrush. (To put it lightly, gross. Sharing your toothbrush increases your risk of developing conditions that another person has.)

It has been uncovered that a toothbrush can harbor over 100 million bacteria that are linked to colds, stomach flus and a variety of other illnesses. Choosing your toothbrush, then, becomes super important. The right toothbrush for your dental needs can make brushing an enjoyable experience and will help prevent tooth decay, dental plaque, dental tartar and gum disease. Here is what you should assess:

  1. Size:
    • It is important that the head of the toothbrush easily accesses all surfaces of the teeth, especially the ones in the very back of the mouth.
    • Most adult brushes have a head half an inch wide and 1 inch tall, just match the packaging with the age group appropriate for you.
    • Find something that complements the size of your mouth.
  2. Bristles:
    • Soft, round-tipped bristles are highly recommended!!!
    • Soft bristles does not cause damage to the gums or enamel erosion.
    • Hard bristles may actually cause inflammation of the gums and further the risk of gingivitis.
  3. Handles and Head Shape:
    • A hard brusher should use a flexible handle which helps reduce gum injury.
    • Straight, non-slip grip handles and conventional head shapes are easiest to control.
    • Angled handles and diamond head shapes are used to reach hard to clean areas.
    • Think comfort first!
  4. Traditional or Electric?
    • This is just preference.
    • If you find brushing your teeth is a task, then electric is better because it does the bulk of the work for you.
    • Children enjoy electric toothbrushes, so it eases the struggle to get them to brush!

If you are looking for a family dentist in Irving, Texas, then look no further, and contact us today at Cosmetic Family and Dentistry.