Regular dental appointments are important when it comes to your oral health.
But it’s just as essential to take care of your teeth and gums in between visits.
Using the proper toothbrush can go a long way to ensure you are keeping your smile healthy.
Did you know dental experts recommend using one that is soft-bristled?
That’s because medium- and hard-bristled brushes can actually damage the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel.
You want to remove the plaque and food debris as gently as possible, making soft toothbrushes the better option.
It is also important to make sure the size and shape of the brush fit your mouth properly, allowing you to reach all teeth easily.
And don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every few months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. Besides being less effective, the longer you hold onto your brush, the more bacteria can build up.
Follow up your brushing with regular flossing.
Remember: the foundation for any dental care plan should be twice a year preventive checkups and daily brushing and flossing. By taking just these simple steps, patients are able to significantly decrease their risk for most common oral health issues, and regular examinations allow Dr. Tim Stirneman and his team at the Lake in the Hills-based Compassionate Dental Care to diagnose and treat those that aren’t preventable in the earliest stages.