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We recommend flossing once a day and brushing twice a day (and immediately after eating candy or sticky foods such as dried fruit). Knowing when and how to brush is just the beginning. The number of dental products on the market is daunting and can answer any questions at your next office visit. In the meantime, we’ll answer some common questions about toothbrushes, below. We recommend flossing once a day and brushing twice a day (and immediately after eating candy or sticky foods such as dried fruit). Knowing when and how to brush is just the beginning. The number of dental products on the market is daunting and can answer any questions at your next office visit. In the meantime, we’ll answer some common questions about toothbrushes, below.

Electric or manual toothbrushes?

For most people, their choice of toothbrush is a personal preference since both types are effective at removing plaque if used correctly. For the elderly, those with traditional orthodontic braces, or those with dexterity problems, an electric toothbrush can make brushing easier. Electric toothbrushes are available in a variety of styles and brush heads. The ADA Seal means that the product has met strict criteria to ensure effectiveness and appears on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, water flossers, mouth rinses, and others that meet or exceed the ADA’s standards.

Manual toothbrushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Electric toothbrushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Are dollar store toothbrushes okay?

We recommend that your toothbrush has the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure its efficacy against plaque.

Manual toothbrushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Don’t I need a hard toothbrush to scrub my teeth?

We follow ADA guidelines and recommend a soft toothbrush with gentle pressure in circular motions to do a thorough job while avoiding damage to your gums. Make sure to brush all surfaces of the tooth and go easy on the pressure. Brushing too hard with the right toothbrush can also lead to gum problems later in life. 

Why should I change my toothbrush every 3-4 months if it looks fine? Seems like a lot of waste.

Although it may not be visible to the naked eye, the bristles degrade and lose effectiveness while harboring bacteria. For a fun science project, soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and watch the bacteria on your toothbrush come to life and produce bubbles. To reduce waste, use sustainable brands, glass containers, powder paste, and wooden toothbrushes.