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All About Replacing Your Toothbrush

Now that we all are firmly committed to a new year dedicated to health, it seems appropriate to review the basics in oral care. And the question about how often to replace our toothbrush is definitely a #1 query among our patients. 

The answer: Replace your toothbrush every three months or after you've been sick. 

Here are other important tips:  

  • Floss daily 
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day (Fluoride can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40 percent.) 
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine hygiene check-ups and cleanings. 
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to reach every surface of each tooth. 
  • If bristles on your toothbrush are bent or frayed, buy a new one. 
  • Brush properly - To clean the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion using short, gentle strokes. To clean the inside surfaces of the upper-and-lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle strokes over each tooth and its surrounding gum tissue. 
  • Spend at least three minutes brushing. 
  • Floss properly - Gently insert floss between teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Do not force the floss or snap it into place. Curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and then the other. 

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.