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Your toothbrush is a handy tool that cleans your smile every morning and night. But did you know if you use the wrong toothbrush, your smile could be in danger? Well, it’s true! This is why it’s encouraged to pick the best toothbrush on the store shelf. Before you do so, Dr. Michael P. Gaudio and our dental team have some toothbrush facts that can help you.

First, it’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush when you clean your smile. This is because the soft bristles deeply clean the teeth and also care for the gums. Unless recommended otherwise by your dentist, it’s always best to clean your smile with this type of toothbrush.

Second, manual and electric toothbrushes are both very effective for your smile. When you can’t choose between the two, your preference is all that matters. However, if an electric toothbrush motivates you to brush, please feel free to use it.

Third, you need to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the toothbrush bristles become worn out. This is because the brush is no longer effective at removing plaque and food particles from your teeth when the bristles are old. It’s also important to replace your toothbrush after you have been ill.

If you choose and use a brush based on these facts, you can be on your way toward a clean, pristine, and healthy smile in Wallingford, Connecticut. To learn more about toothbrushes and other oral hygiene tools, please call Michael P. Gaudio, D.M.D. at 203-265-3355 and talk to a member of our dental team. We look forward to helping you!