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Long-Lasting Toothbrush Tips

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You might be brushing your teeth regularly, but you may have noticed it isn't as effective as before. That's because your toothbrush isn't as long-lasting as it should be.

Read on to find out how to use your toothbrush as long as possible in the most effective way.

Duration

The duration and the times you use your toothbrush matter the most. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day and after every meal.

When you wake up, a lot of bacteria has already accumulated in your mouth throughout the night. Hence, it is quite important to brush your teeth properly in the morning.

The Right Brush

The hard-bristled brush may seem ideal for removing tartar or plaque. However, it is not the case. A soft brush with tapered edges is always recommended as it allows you to get a more thorough cleaning by accessing the hard-to-reach areas like the space between your teeth.

Apart from the bristles, look for an ADA-approved brush. An ADA approval means the brush has been tested and declared safe and effective for good dental hygiene.

The Right Technique

You might be brushing your teeth, but are you doing it the right way? The best technique is to brush each tooth individually, making sure to reach the outer and inner sides of each tooth.

Vary your brushing motions from circular to up-and-down motions instead of just going back and forth. Avoid shoving your toothbrush and use gentle movements.

Clean Toothbrush

It is extremely important to ensure your brush is cleaned before using it. Rinse it thoroughly after use and keep it in a dry place, preferably in a cup. Make sure you are changing your toothbrush after every three months.

Conclusion

Brushing is, as it should be, a daily habit. But unfortunately, most of us lose out on getting the maximum benefit through improper brushing techniques. Although it isn't the same as a visit to the dentist, proper teeth brushing can vastly improve your dental hygiene.

If you want to schedule an appointment with our dentist, visit our website for more information.

Posted on Apr 25, 2022
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