New year, new toothbrush

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January 17th, 2018

Graphic of Adult toothbrush, electric toothbrush and baby toothbrush

Oral health professionals often suggest that you replace your toothbrush every three months or whenever you notice the bristles fraying – whichever is sooner – to keep your mouth healthy. There’s no better time to freshen up your toothbrush than at the new year! But what toothbrush is best for you?

Manual Toothbrushes

Consider the size of brush head. If your mouth is small, or if you have a hard time reaching the back teeth, opt for a compact brush head. Some adults even use children’s toothbrushes that fit their mouths better. Something to consider: Technique is very important when using a manual toothbrush – learn the proper way to brush to ensure complete plaque removal

Electric Toothbrushes

Consider the “action” of the brush- for example, spinning action versus sonic wave technology. Ask your dental hygienist what they recommend for your unique teeth and mouth.

Something to consider: If you have gum recession or tend to brush too hard, an electric toothbrush might be a good option for you. But be sure to let the brush do the work (don’t push too hard or use a scrubbing action during brushing; it’s not necessary and can further damage gum tissue).

Children’s Toothbrushes

Begin brushing baby’s teeth when the first tooth appears in the mouth. You can use a baby toothbrush or use a washcloth to clean the teeth.

Look for size recommendations on the toothbrush package; these are usually categorized by the child’s age. Look for brushes that have extra soft bristles.

Help the little ones – children typically need help brushing until they have the manual dexterity to tie their shoes.