When to replace your toothbrush

Taking care of the smile at home each day is the best way to maintain oral health and wellness. You have your toothpaste ready and your floss within reach, but what about your toothbrush? Many patients overlook the importance of their toothbrush, and might ask Dr. Paul Covell of Pasadena, TX about the times appropriate for replacing their toothbrush. 

When should I replace my toothbrush? 

As a general rule, it is encouraged that you replace your toothbrush every three months. This ensures that it brushes effectively, as over time, bristles can fray and the toothbrush might not be able to clean away food particles and bacteria as it once did. Additionally, if you have recently been sick with an illness, it is important to also switch out your toothbrush to avoid reinfection. 

How do I brush properly? 

Once you have a fresh toothbrush, it is time to also refresh your memory on how to properly clean your teeth. Brushing properly involves holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline. Move the toothbrush in a circular motion in gentle strokes, cleaning the front surfaces of the teeth and gums. Then, brush the inside surfaces of the upper and lower teeth by holding the brush vertically and brushing over each tooth. Most patients will want to spend anywhere from two to three minutes brushing their teeth to be the most effective. 

What type of toothpaste should I use? 

It is beneficial to use a toothpaste that has fluoride added to it, as fluoride can strengthen and protect the natural tooth enamel. Additionally, patients should look for benefits to a toothpaste that might meet their needs, such as a toothpaste that whitens the teeth or is designed for patients with sensitive teeth. When used with a quality toothbrush, these toothpastes will be incredibly effective at helping patients maintain their oral health and wellness. 

Call Dr. Paul Covell today! 

Pasadena, TX area patients who are interested in learning more about oral healthcare habits that are good for their smiles are encouraged to book a consultation visit with Dr. Paul Covell and his skilled dental team. Patients interested in an appointment can call (713) 943-9832 to request a visit with our team at 4010 Vista Road.

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