It is important to change your toothbrush every three to four months or when you begin to notice wear or discoloration of your toothbrush's bristles. Using a worn toothbrush can prove ineffective when you are trying to remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth to protect against tooth decay.
Utilizing the proper brushing technique is also critical to protecting your dental health. Move your toothbrush in circles around the front and back of your teeth and close to the gum line, giving it a gentle massage. Spend 30 seconds brushing each quadrant of your mouth for a total of two minutes of brushing in both the morning and at night.
If you're not sure that you're using proper brushing techniques, your dental hygienist at your Greeley dentist is a good resource for tips and tricks. You might also consider switching to an electric toothbrush, which does the work of brushing for you. An electric toothbrush also times you to ensure that you're spending the full two minutes brushing your teeth.
Dr. Bagley is happy to answer questions about your dental health and recommend any additional routines or products that might improve your home care when you visit us for your six-month examination. You can also give our Greeley, CO dental office a call for more information.