3 Things to Know About Your Toothbrush

February 25, 2015 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog


Toothbrushes are used every day (hopefully multiple times per day), and brushing our teeth seems to be second nature. Have you ever really given any thought about your toothbrush and the wonders it can do to keep your pearly whites clean and healthy? Below is a brush-up on what NYCCD thinks matters most about your toothbrush:

Size:

There are many different sizes of toothbrushes it seems hard to pick just one. When picking the size toothbrush you want to use, keep in mind that you want to be able to reach the tight spots in between your teeth, as well as the hard to reach areas in the back. Sometimes, larger brushes can make it harder to reach these tight quarters.  For most adults, a toothbrush head that is a half inch wide and one inch tall will be the easiest to use and the most effective.

Bristle Variety:

Do you need a soft, medium or hard toothbrush?  Once again, there are so many options when it comes to choosing a bristle for your tooth-brush; it seems difficult to choose one. The most popular bristle choice is soft, which happens to be the most comfortable and safest choice. If you are a forceful tooth brusher, using a medium or hard bristle could be harmful to your mouth, causing damage to your gums, root surface and protective tooth enamel.

When is it time to change my toothbrush?

If it has been over a month it’s time for a change! According to the American Dental Association, over 40% of Americans do not know when it is time to change their toothbrushes, and many use them for up to 6 months or even a year! Not only do bristles become worn in and less effective at doing their intended job, but by not changing your toothbrush you are continuously brushing with more and more bacteria, putting your mouth at risk for cavities and gum disease. Make sure you do yourself a favor and change your tooth brush more frequently than not, you’ll be saving yourself a hassle in the long run.

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