A good, quality toothbrush is a small investment, but one of the greatest investments you can make in the health and beauty of your smile. Did you know that you should be replacing your toothbrush about 4 times a year? Many patients do not realize this and put off choosing a new toothbrush until they visit the dentist’s office for an annual exam.
While we are happy to supply toothbrushes for our patients at these regular visits it is also important that you purchase new brushes throughout the year to keep your gums as strong and as healthy as possible.
When choosing your next toothbrush look for one that has a compact head design. It may be tempting to opt for the larger toothbrushes on the aisle, however these large brush heads can make it even harder to reach hard to reach corners of the mouth. Choose a brush no longer than 1” in length at the brush head. The bristles should also be rounded at the top of the brush head and should be sturdy but soft against your gums.
Next, the handle of your toothbrush should be very comfortable for you to use. If you have arthritis or other problems gripping a toothbrush – consider a wider handled design. Choose a brush with an angled handled to help you achieve brushing at the optimal 45-degree angle.
Brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day is very important towards maintaining your oral health. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding your next toothbrush purchase, do not hesitate to contact our office for more information.