FAQs: Your Toothbrush

FAQsPatients often have a long list of questions for us about their toothbrushes and their dental hygiene habits. While questions about the length of brushing sessions and the type of toothbrush to purchase are usually first in line, we find that a particular variety of questions generally tends to follow. Rather than remaining in the dark any longer regarding your brush, we encourage you to ask! For the moment, look over some FAQs for a bit of initial insight into the often mysterious world of your toothbrush.

Frequently Asked Questions: Your Brush

Question: Do I need to clean my toothbrush after I use it?

Answer: The way to approach cleaning your toothbrush is to brush your teeth and then wash the brush by rinsing the bristles under running water from the faucet. Do this until there is no more debris or paste left behind. Then, give your brush room to breathe and dry by storing it out in the open rather than in a closed space.

Question: Do I need to purchase a manual or an electric toothbrush? Is one better?

Answer: This is a preference – you can achieve optimal dental hygiene with either a manual or electric brush. We generally suggest you switch to an electric brush if you have difficulty thoroughly removing plaque from your teeth, if you have limitations that make brushing difficult, or if you are suffering from gum recession due to over-brushing.

Question: Can I keep using the same toothbrush as long as my teeth feel clean?

Answer: You may re-purchase the same model but no, you may not continue to use the same brush indefinitely. Like anything else, your dental hygiene products wear out. We suggest replacing your toothbrush and beginning with a fresh one after about 3 or 4 months pass.