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Tips on Buying a Toothbrush

Published on September 14th, 2018

Your toothbrush should be replaced every three months or when it begins to show wear, whichever comes first. It is also important to change your toothbrush after you have been sick because the bristles can collect germs. Since you have to replace your toothbrush so often, you might be wondering which the best toothbrush is to buy. As your dentists in Lakeview, Chicago Family Dental Care is here to give some recommendations.

Bristles

When you go to the drug store to purchase a new toothbrush or replacement head, you will notice that they come with soft, medium or hard bristles. For many people, a soft-bristled toothbrush is the most comfortable and safe choice. It is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Depending on how hard your brush your teeth and the strength of your teeth, a medium- or hard-bristled toothbrush could cause gum damage.

Size

The best toothbrush head for you should allow you to easily access every surface of your teeth. For most adults, a smaller head will be able to reach all areas of your mouth. Though there are larger heads available, they might make it difficult to brush those hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.

Electric Or Disposable?

As long as you clean your teeth regularly using proper brushing techniques, it shouldn’t matter if you are using an electric or disposable toothbrush. If you find that you are brushing too vigorously, an electric toothbrush might help you be gentler on your gums and teeth.

As your dentists in Lakeview, we want to remind you to brush your teeth at least twice a day and replace your toothbrush every three months. Call today or visit us online to schedule your next appointment!

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