How to Get the Most Out of Your Toothbrush

Are you one of those people who is extremely hard on your toothbrush? Does it seem like just a week after you get a new brush, it looks like it got in a fight with your lawnmower? Having a toothbrush with strong, working bristles is the best way to ensure that your smile is getting all of the extra care and protection it needs. Here are three ways to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your toothbrush.

1. Extra Soft, Soft, or Medium
No, we are not talking about mattresses here. With three main types of toothbrush bristles available on the oral hygiene market, it can be hard to determine what kind of bristle is more suitable for you.

• Extra Soft: This type of bristle is ideal for those who either have sensitive teeth or gums. If you suffer from your gums bleeding after you brush, then an extra soft toothbrush will be the ideal solution for you.

• Soft: Most people should use a soft bristled toothbrush. By preventing excess force that can cause gum and enamel erosion, soft bristled toothbrushes are the ideal way to rid most people’s teeth of plaque and bacteria.

• Medium: If you’re the type of person who is harder on your teeth and toothbrush, then a medium bristled brush might be for you. Just make sure that you avoid brushing too close to your gums because you want to avoid causing them to recede in any way.

2. Don’t Bite On It
If you’re a multi-tasker, you likely walk around your house picking things up while you’re brushing your teeth. And although you might think an extra two minutes of cleaning up will make a big difference, it is causing more damage to your toothbrush. By biting down on your toothbrush, you are flattening the bristles and causing your brush to become less effective.

To learn more about dental care and ways to better care for your toothbrush, contact our dental office today!