Choosing the proper toothbrush and using proper brushing techniques
Taking care of your teeth is essential not only for a white, bright smile, but for your overall health as well.
Whether you choose a standard or electric toothbrush, make sure that you are able to brush your teeth properly and without damaging your gums. Here are some tips on how to pick a toothbrush that’s right for you:
- Make sure the bristle head is on the smaller side so you are able to fit it comfortable in your mouth and maneuver it easily around your mouth.
- Make sure your brush fits comfortably inside your hand. Many electric toothbrushes have larger bases to hold the batteries and may not be suitable for children or those with smaller hands.
- For those who have trouble with fine movements (seniors those with special needs and children) an electric toothbrush can be a great option to make brushing easier. Keep in mind, though, that you could be over-brushing with these toothbrushes which can damage your gums so buy an electric toothbrush with a two-minute timer built in.
Once you have chosen the ideal toothbrush for you, use these brushing and care tips to ensure continued oral health care:
- Brush teeth at least twice a day, or more if you have eaten particularly sweet or acidic food.
- Make sure to brush for at least two minutes, in gentle motions and make sure you cover every surface of your teeth, including all the pits and crevices. Our tongues carry a host of bacteria so don’t forget your tongue!
- Change your toothbrush every two or three months or when the bristles look worn or start to fray. For electric toothbrushes, make sure you buy one with removable, replaceable heads so you can change them with ease.
- To avoid cross-contamination, don’t share your toothbrush with others or store where it will touch the head of another’s toothbrush.
- When you are finished brushing, rinse with water and let air dry and never store in a container or cover which won’t allow it to dry properly.