The foundation of oral health for the average person is undoubtedly the toothbrush. Regularly brushing teeth is the best way for someone to maintain oral health and avoid dental complications down the road. Unfortunately, most people don’t brush their teeth correctly and certainly don’t change their toothbrush as often as they should. Today we’re going to address that by talking about the correct way to brush your teeth and the best schedule for replacing a toothbrush for optimal oral health. 

Toothbrushes, like all tools, develop wear and tear over time. Eventually, a toothbrush may be worn down to the point that it’s no longer brushing your teeth in an optimal way. An even bigger issue is that germs and bacteria can hide and grow deep in the bristles of a toothbrush. This can lead to diseases and infections which can lead to major oral health problems. The general advice is that toothbrushes should be replaced every three or so months. If you use an electric toothbrush, just the brush part needs to be replaced. 

What’s the correct way to brush your teeth? It’s not very difficult, people need to place their toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and move it in a circular motion over their gums and teeth. It’s important to brush all sides of teeth, including the back of teeth. Even though most people can’t see that side, it’s critical to keep the teeth clear of plaque and debris to avoid tooth degradation. 

Where most people make a mistake is the amount of time they spend brushing their teeth. It should take 2-3 minutes to completely brush your teeth, not just 30 seconds for everything. In fact, there is some evidence to suggest that plaque doesn’t even get dislodged unless it’s been brushed for at least two minutes. 

Basic oral health starts with brushing your teeth. Those who brush their teeth correctly and consistently are far less likely to deal with major oral health issues throughout their life. While brushing your teeth isn’t a guarantee of good dental health, it is the clearest indicator available. 

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