Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Ten Toothbrush Tips
Toothbrushes and floss are a lot alike, in that the one you should use is the one you feel comfortable using. Here are some tips to keep your pearly whites bright!
1. There are generally two choices in toothbrushes – manual and powered. Both are effective. Powered are sometimes better for younger patients and those with dexterity issues.
2. Look at the head of the brush to see if it will fit into your mouth and allow you access to clean all areas.
3. Choose a soft bristled brush. “These are easier on tooth structure and gum tissue,” says Dr. Judith Ko, from her CosmeticDental Practice in Hemet, California.
4. Examine the handle. Find one that allows you to easily grip it in your hand.
5. Look for the ADA Seal of Approval. “The ADA reviews brushes to ensure that they meet standards for effectiveness and safety,” Dr. Ko says.
6. After brushing, to keep your brush at its best, rinse it with water to remove any residual material or toothpaste.
7. Store your brush upright and allow it to air-dry.
8. Replace your brush ever 3-4 months or more often if you see damage to the bristles.
9. Replace your brush after an illness requiring antibiotics as bacteria can live on the brush to re-infect you.
10. Keep your brush well away from those of others to prevent cross-contamination.
Brush, floss and shine your way into the New Year!