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At Faith Cousins DDS, the most common piece of advice we give is to brush teeth twice per day for two minutes per session. (You likely wouldn’t have guessed that, would you?) Because we’re continuously reminding our patients to brush their teeth, we also get a fair number of questions about the correct method to brush teeth. Here are some of the questions we receive most often:

Which toothpaste brand should I use?
The right toothpaste brand for you is the one that you’ll actually utilize. 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; this means the ADA has tested the product and that it’s one you can safely trust. There are also toothpastes that are adjusted to fight specific conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth sensitivity. Find the toothpaste brand that works greatest for you and makes it most likely that you’ll stick to a healthy brushing routine!

How important is the kind of toothbrush I use?
The goal of tooth-brushing is to get rid of plaque, bacteria and debris from your mouth, so the toothbrush that does that best for you should be your choice. Always utilize a soft-bristled toothbrush since they brush the spaces between your teeth without hurting your gums. Additionally, deliberate on using a smaller-headed toothbrush since larger ones may be more difficult to move inside 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 advantage of electric brushes is that most brush to a timer, so you can be sure you’re putting in your full brushing time! You should think about an electric toothbrush if either of these benefits appeals to you or if you have limited dexterity.

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

If you have any other questions about brushing your teeth, please come see Dr. Faith Cousins and the team at Faith Cousins DDS in Silver Spring, Maryland. You may call us at 301-589-2714 to schedule your next visit now.