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At Tree City Family Dental, the most common bit of advice we give is to brush teeth two times a day for 120 seconds per session. (You likely wouldn’t have guessed that, would you?) Because we’re frequently reminding our patients to brush their teeth, we also get a reasonable number of questions about the correct way to brush teeth. Here are some of the questions we receive most often:

Which toothpaste should I use?
The proper toothpaste brand is the one that you’ll actually use. In the end, that’s a matter of preference. However, there are a few differentiators between toothpastes. You should always look for the ADA seal of approval on the packaging; this means that the ADA has tested the product and that it’s one you can safely trust. There are also toothpastes that fight specific conditions such as gum disease and tooth sensitivity. Find the toothpaste that works best for you and makes it most likely that you’ll stay with a healthy brushing routine!

How imperative is the brand of toothbrush I utilize?
The goal of tooth-brushing is to eradicate bacteria and food remnants from your oral cavity, so the toothbrush that does that best for you should be your choice. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush since they can brush out the spaces between your teeth without injuring your gums. Also, deliberate on using a smaller-headed toothbrush since bigger ones might be more difficult to operate inside of your mouth.

Do I need an electric toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes are awesome choices for many because the motorized brushing functionality can clean teeth extra effectively. Another benefit of electric brushes is that most brush to a timer, so you can be sure you’re putting in your complete brushing time! You should deliberate on an electric toothbrush if either of these benefits sounds good to you or if you have restricted dexterity.

When do I need to replace my toothbrush?
You should be replacing your toothbrush or toothbrush head as soon as it shows wear. For most of us, this is about once a season. Periodontal disease is no laughing matter, so don’t hesitate to throw away your brush if it gets old. Don’t worry, all brushes go to heaven!

If you have any more questions about brushing your teeth, please come see Dr. Connaughton and the team at Tree City Family Dental in Boise, Idaho. You can call us at 208-286-2699 to schedule your next visit with our dentist now.