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At Copenhaver Dental, the most common piece of guidance we give is to brush teeth two times a day for 120 seconds per session. (You most likely wouldn’t have guessed that, would you?) Because we’re continually reminding our patients to brush their teeth, we also get a fair number of questions about the proper way to brush teeth. Here are a few of the inquiries we receive most often:

Which toothpaste should I use?
The proper toothpaste is the one that you’ll actually utilize. Ultimately, that’s a matter of preference. However, there are a few differentiators among 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 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 important is the kind of toothbrush that I utilize?
The mission of tooth-brushing is to eradicate plaque, bacteria and debris from your oral cavity, so the toothbrush that does that best for you should be your pick. Always use a soft-bristled brush since they brush the spaces between teeth without hurting gums. Additionally, deliberate on using a smaller-headed toothbrush since larger ones may be more difficult to operate inside your mouth.

Do I need an electric toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes are good options 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 getting in your complete brushing time! You should think about an electric toothbrush if either of these advantages 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 every 90 days. Periodontal disease is no laughing matter, so don’t forget to throw away your brush once it gets old. Don’t worry, all brushes go to heaven!

If you have any additional questions about brushing your teeth, please come in to see Drs. Copenhaver, Hood, and Bordlemay, our dentists in Richmond Hill, Georgia. You may call us at 912-756-2936 to set up your next visit now.