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At Kenmore Dental, the most common advice we give is to brush teeth twice per day for 120 seconds per session. (You most likely wouldn’t have guessed that, would you?) Because we’re constantly reminding our patients to brush their teeth, we also get a reasonable number of questions about the correct way to brush teeth. Here are a few of the queries we get most often:
Which toothpaste should I use?

The proper toothpaste brand is the one that you’ll actually use. Ultimately, that’s a personal choice. However, there are a few differentiators between toothpastes. You should always look for the ADA seal of approval on the packaging; this means the ADA has tested the product with the seal on it and that it’s one you can safely trust. There are also toothpastes that fight specific conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth sensitivity. Find the toothpaste that works greatest 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 use?
The mission of tooth-brushing is to eradicate bacteria and food remnants from your oral cavity, so the toothbrush that does that best for you should be your choice. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush since they brush out the crevices between teeth without hurting gums. Additionally, deliberate on using a smaller-headed toothbrush since larger ones may be more tricky to operate inside your mouth.

Do I need an electric toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes are great options for many because the motorized brushing functionality can clean teeth extra effectively. Another benefit of electric brushes is that most of them brush to a timer, so you can be sure you’re getting in your full brushing time! You should think about an electric toothbrush if either of these benefits appeals to you or if you have limited 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 children and adults, this is about once every three months. Periodontal disease is no laughing matter, so don’t hesitate to throw away your brush if it gets old. Don’t worry, all brushes go to heaven!

If you have any more questions about brushing your teeth, please come in to see Dr. Michael J. Conway and the team at Kenmore Dental in Kenmore, Washington. You can call us at 425-485-0588 to set up your next checkup now.