Have you ever wondered how often you really need to be swapping out your toothbrush? What about why the dentist is always asking you to floss? Many people have dental questions they either feel too embarrassed or too busy to ask their dentists. Sadly, this can lead to completely preventable dental problems, like cavities, and even gum disease. Why not take a few minutes to better understand what your smile really needs to stay healthy? That way, your next general dental checkup and cleaning can be a happy occasion. You know, the kind that makes you smile!
Is My Toothbrush Considered Too Old?
If you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day, as recommended by your preventive dentist, that can add up to a lot of metaphorical mileage on your toothbrush, quickly. This is why the American dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush at least once every three months. That said, if your brush is already showing signs of wear or damage, it’s best to replace it.
Bent bristles are not as effective at cleaning, so make sure your brush is in good condition to maximize its effect. After illnesses, like a cold, it’s also best to swap out your toothbrush.
Do I Really Need to Floss?
Flossing is one of the best ways to protect your smile between dental cleanings. That’s why most dentists frequently ask patients about their flossing habits, which tend to be minimal to non-existent. (Studies indicate that less than 30 percent of adults in America actually floss daily!)
If you really want to ace your next dental exam, though, and more importantly enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile, flossing can help! That’s because it helps to remove the bacteria and food particles a toothbrush simply cannot effectively reach, namely those that lodge between the teeth.