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CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH EVERY 3 MONTHS

Dental plaque, the main cause of gum diseases and tooth decay, is a layer containing bacteria. Dental plaque, which has a complex structure, is naturally found on tooth surfaces. The most effective way to remove dental plaque is a soft-bristled toothbrush and other auxiliary tools (dental floss, interdental brush, etc.). You can prevent the formation of plaque and tooth decay by regular tooth brushing at least twice a day.

What should a good toothbrush be like?

A good toothbrush should make the brushing process easier, should be able to effectively remove plaque while brushing, and should not damage the teeth and gum tissues while cleaning. According to the American Dental Association, for someone who brushes their teeth twice a day, the toothbrush should be replaced once every 3 months. The reason why it needs to be replaced at least every 3 months is that the brushing process cannot be carried out effectively as the toothbrush wears out and it may damage the tooth and gum tissues during brushing.

When should I change my toothbrush?

A toothbrush that has been used for 3 months cannot be effective enough in removing plaque because the bristles of the toothbrush wear out due to use. Another reason why toothbrushes need to be changed every 3 months is the presence of many microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses on the brush, which we call microbial contamination. Therefore, these microorganisms are carried into the mouth while using the brush. For this reason, it is recommended to change toothbrushes in order to reduce the risk of re-infection, especially after upper respiratory tract infections such as tonsillitis, pharyngitis and cold. You can consult your dentist to make the right decision about your ideal toothbrush.

How should I clean my toothbrush?

After each use, the brush should be shaken thoroughly with water so that no paste remains at the base of the bristles, and should be stored in a way that it does not become dusty.

Will brushing my teeth hard hurt?

If the bristles of the toothbrush are soft and brushing is done correctly, it will not damage the teeth. However, improper brushing with a brush that is too hard and has bristles that are deformed and not well rounded will cause tooth enamel to wear away.

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Is an electric toothbrush harmful?

Using an electric toothbrush is not harmful. It would be wrong to say that these brushes will be more useful than manual brushes. If you are going to buy a rechargeable toothbrush, you must first make a choice that suits your needs. When you use it gently and correctly, an electric toothbrush will not harm your oral and dental health.

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Does an electric toothbrush cause gum recession?

It should be known that some gum recession may occur if not used correctly. Especially in people who have excessive pressure brushing habits, gum recession or injury complaints may occur. Brushes that have been developed in recent years as pressure sensitive and provide warnings may be preferred.

How should I use an electric toothbrush?

Proper use of an electric toothbrush is important. When brushing, the bristles of the brush should first point towards the gums. The toothbrush should be positioned to surround the tooth like a cap. After this process, it should be run on each tooth for approximately 5-10 seconds. It should be known that it may be harmful if not used with the correct technique.

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