Toothbrushes are essential for maintaining proper oral hygiene. We use them for several purposes. They help us clean our teeth, massage our gums, and prevent the buildup of plaque.
A toothbrush is a handheld tool, usually made of nylon bristles or rubber or plastic filaments, to clean the teeth and along the gum line. Toothbrushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are comprised of three main components - the handle, the head, and the bristles.
The handle can be made from plastic, metal, or other materials. Some handles are angled to allow easier access to hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Most toothbrushes have some form of bristle covering on the head of the brush, while some brushes use only one row of bristles.
Bristles can either be soft or hard. Softer bristles are recommended for sensitive gums, while harder bristles can be used for deep cleaning and removal of plaque and debris. Brushing the correct way is important to clean your teeth effectively and to prevent damage. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. Also, make sure your toothbrush is ADA-approved to ensure you're using the right tool for your oral health care. For more information about toothbrushes, contact your dentist today!
You should also know how to store your toothbrush properly, protecting it from germs and bacteria buildup. To store your toothbrush, make sure you always cover the head of it with a protective cap. Also, don't keep your toothbrush near the toilet or in the kitchen. These are places where there is a lot of moisture and humidity, which can damage your toothbrush. Keep your toothbrush in a dry place, away from water, heat, and air.
The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush at least every three months or when the bristles become frayed and worn. However, you should also replace your toothbrush sooner if the bristles have split or bent. If you regularly see your dentist for checkups and teeth cleanings, he or she will most likely let you know when it's time to get a new one. This will help ensure you're getting the best brushing experience possible with little risk of damaging your gums.
If you've just recovered from an illness like a fever or an infection, it's good also change your toothbrush during this time to prevent any chances of reinfection.
You need to replace your electric toothbrush head every three months or when the bristles become frayed and worn. Worn-out bristles won't clean your teeth, as well. Frayed bristles can also damage the gum line and cause inflammation. Also, be sure to change your brush head after an illness to prevent reinfection of your mouth. Replace your brush heads more frequently if you suffer from gum disease or other health problems that put you at higher risk of getting an infection.
Contact Sugar Land Dental in Sugar Land, TX, for more specific instructions on taking care of your child's teeth. To book an appointment, call (281) 980-5100 or visit us at 101 Southwestern Blvd Suite 204, Sugar Land, TX 77478.