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Even though today’s toothbrushes come in variety of colors, styles and even designs, it is a very old product. In fact, human beings have been using the toothbrush in one form or another for around 5,000 years. You might think that after all that time, everyone would know everything there is to know about using a toothbrush, but here are some tips about your toothbrush that you might not have known.

First, it makes no difference if you use a manual or electric toothbrush. What is important is that you brush for two minutes, two times a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. If you have trouble holding a toothbrush, or have range-of-motion issues with your arms, an electric toothbrush might work better for you.

You can brush then floss, or floss then brush. As long as you do a thorough job of both, the order doesn’t matter.

You should buy a toothbrush with soft bristles so that you do not damage your gums or tooth enamel. And, you should get a new toothbrush every three months, or as soon as your current toothbrush starts to show wear. If the bristles are bending, it’s time for a new toothbrush.

Only you should use your toothbrush. Sharing toothbrushes means that you and another person are sharing bacteria and germs.

To clean your toothbrush, give it a very thorough rinse under warm water. That should be enough to remove any food particles or other debris. Afterward, store it in an upright position away from other people’s toothbrushes, and in a place where it can air dry.

Brushing your teeth is important, but it is also important that you see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and examination. If it is time for your checkup, or you are concerned about a potential problem with your teeth or mouth, our dentist, Dr. John McAllister would be happy to see you. Call McAllister Dentistry in Hickory, North Carolina at 828-322-6731 to make an appointment today.