When to Change Your Brush
Daily attention to our teeth is one of the best ways to keep them in our heads. Mastering the art of brushing is central to this little bit of preventative care. However, no matter how well you brush your teeth the benefits will always be limited by the quality of your toothbrush. Your dentist will give you a toothbrush at your next Tulsa teeth cleaning. Sadly, like all brushes, these don’t hold up for more than three to four months before the bristles start to wear out from use.
While the dentist will give you a quality brush and answer questions about how they select a toothbrush, you’ll still need to obtain new brushes from the store every three to four months. On average, we should be going through four brushes a year. If we go in for two Tulsa teeth cleanings a year, then the dentist is providing half of our brushes. Perhaps it’s not the most glamorous silver-lining, but every little life-hack helps.
You can tell when a brush is worn out, even if you don’t know how long it’s been in use. The bristles will have a worn and bent appearance, and this signals that it’s time to replace it. If it’s an electric brush, don’t replace the whole thing, you only need to replace the brush head.
Besides simple wear and tear, toothbrushes can develop other problems that require us to replace them. If something happens to damage your brush, then you need to replace it, no matter how new it is. If you’ve been sick with anything contagious, then you should swap out your brush as soon as you begin to recover. Brushes can even develop bacterial colonies, although this should stay to a safe minimum if the brush is stored in an upright position that allows it to dry in-between uses.
When it comes to brushing, make sure you are moving the brush in soft circular motions across your teeth and gums. Brushing too hard, especially with a new or firmer brush, can wear away at your tooth enamel and sometimes lead to tooth sensitivity. It’s strongly recommended that you brush twice a day, every day, for two minutes each time.
While the brush and the technique are the most crucial part of this daily routine, type of toothpaste matters as well. Most toothpaste that contains fluoride should be fine. Without fluoride, though, your teeth do not get what they need for remineralization—a process by which teeth maintain and repair themselves.
Taking care of our teeth can be a hassle, but it really is a small investment with a big payout. Sure, we can make amazing dentures nowadays, but we have yet to create anything as good as the real thing. Keeping those teeth in your mouth isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it. So, change your brush when it wears out, brush and floss every day, and see the dentist for a Tulsa teeth cleaning at least once a year.