By Wilmington Dental Associates
November 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene   toothbrush   brushing  

Taking great care of your teeth benefits not only your dental health but your general health as well. However, adopting the best oral care toothbrushhabits for you begins with choosing the right toothbrush. Learn which brush is best for you and more with Wilmington Dental Associates in Wilmington, DE.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush for You
First, decide whether you want an electric or manual toothbrush. Some people like the ease of a manual toothbrush, with no need to charge it or switch any batteries. However, others feel an electric brush is better for them. Either choice is a good one as long as you brush correctly. Additionally, find a soft-bristled brush with a long enough handle to easily grip. Hard-bristled brushes can hurt your gums and tissues and do more harm than good.

What is the proper way to use my new toothbrush? 
Using your new toothbrush correctly involves brushing for at least two minutes not just once, but twice a day. Be sure to brush every area of your teeth and oral tissues, including the fronts and backs of your teeth, tongue and the back side of your last molar. However, brushing is not enough to complete your oral routine; you need to floss at least once a day. Use a strand of floss to clean between each tooth. This will remove any bacteria, plaque or particles of food trapped between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach.

Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Wilmington, DE 
Keeping your mouth healthy may begin with at-home care, but seeing your dentist for regular bi-annual appointments will help ensure your teeth have no underlying issues. These issues could turn into painful conditions, like advanced tooth decay, which, if left untreated, can damage or break your teeth and lead to gum disease. Your dental exams will also include a dental cleaning to keep a clean slate between visits.

For more information on choosing the right toothbrush for you and your smile, please contact Dr. Michael Lenz and Dr. John Lenz at Wilmington Dental Associates in Wilmington, DE. Call (302) 654-6915 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

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