Almost everyone brushes their teeth every day. However, this important part of your daily routine is often performed on autopilot. Choosing the right toothbrush and brushing correctly is vital to the health of your teeth and oral tissues and can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Find out more about improving your oral care routine with Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA.
Which toothbrush is best for me?
There are two kinds of toothbrushes: electric and manual. Though an electric toothbrush may seem more thorough than a manual brush, studies have shown that, if used correctly, both types adequately and effectively clean the teeth. The choice between the two usually comes down to preference. No matter which type of brush you choose, it should have the following defining factors which will help provide positive results:
- a long enough handle to firmly and comfortably hold the brush
- an average-sized brush head that you can easily maneuver around the mouth
- soft enough bristles as to not harm the oral tissues
- the National Dental Association seal of approval
How do I brush correctly?
You should brush at least twice daily for two minutes per brushing session. Place your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and use short, back-and-forth strokes to brush the front and back of each tooth. Do not neglect to brush the backside of your last molars. Your oral care routine should also include flossing at least once daily between every tooth and behind your last molar. Replace your toothbrush when it begins to show signs of wear, usually every three to four months. Finally, see your Milford, MA dentist twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings.
Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Milford, MA
Seeing your dentist twice a year provides the preventative care your teeth and oral tissues require to remain healthy and decay-free. Finding a cavity early could mean the difference between a simple dental filling and a root canal or even a tooth extraction. Additionally, regular cleanings remove plaque and tartar from the teeth before they cause tooth decay or gum disease.
For more information on choosing the right toothbrush, please contact Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA. Call (508) 966-7923 to schedule your bi-annual dental examination and cleaning today!