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Your toothbrush is a vital part of your dental hygiene routine. Without one, you are putting your teeth and mouth at risk of infection, decay, and tooth loss. Here are some key things you need to know about toothbrushes.
Generally, it is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three months. However, there are some circumstances where you might need to change it before. For example, if you have had a cold or flu, a sore throat, or any kind of infection in your mouth. Not changing your toothbrush after these types of illnesses can make you susceptible to becoming ill again due to the lurking germs.
Using an electric toothbrush can really improve your oral health. Figures show that after three months of electric toothbrush use, plaque is reduced by around twenty percent and gum inflammation reduced by approximately ten percent (in comparison to a manual brush). The vast majority of dentists would recommend an electric brush rather than a manual one.
One thing that many people do when brushing their teeth is press on too hard. Some may think that the teeth will be cleaner if they do, while others may be using a brush with very hard bristles. Brushing the teeth too vigourously does not make them any cleaner. Instead, it causes the enamel to wear away quicker and the gums to recede faster. Receding gums can then cause tooth sensitivity and inflammation in the gums. Therefore, it is advisable to brush gently and use a soft to medium bristled toothbrush.
If you would like to book in for a dental checkup or a dental hygienist appointment with us then you can call 020 8003 4472. Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy is so important and we are here to support you every step of the way. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly reception team. We look forward to seeing you in the clinic soon, here at Pearl Dental Clinic.
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