Oral Health Care Tips from Dr. Carr & Dr. Petrlich in Windsor

Tips for Choosing the Right Toothbrush

We all know we should brush our teeth twice a day, but did you know there’s a difference in the type of toothbrush we should use? When shopping for your toothbrush, always make sure to get one with a small head – it’s much easier to move inside your mouth to reach all of the tight spaces that may otherwise get neglected. Also, choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles to prevent your gums from getting cut, and most importantly, find a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your hand!


Toothbrushes can be adaptable, too! Bending the toothbrush handle, enlarging the handle with a tennis ball and even lengthening your handle with a stick or rod to provide extra comfort and movement will help while you brush your teeth.


Always remember to never share your toothbrush with anyone, rinse out your toothbrush after use and leave it out in a place it can easily air dry. Preventing oral germs from spreading will help with your overall oral care, as well as replacing your toothbrush every few months.


Brushing Techniques

Once you’ve found the right toothbrush and modified it for your own personal comfort, you’re ready to start brushing! Avoid scrubbing your teeth harshly, but instead use soft, circular motions in short strokes on all outside and inside surfaces of your teeth. Don’t forget your tongue!


Flossing

Sometimes, leftover food and bacteria can be left behind in your mouth after you’ve brushed your teeth. Dental floss can help remove up to 35% more of your tooth’s surface than regular brushing. We recommend that you floss once daily, after brushing your teeth to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

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