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You know that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. However, do you know how to choose a toothbrush and how often to replace it? Dr. Drs. Nichols and Cicmanec and our team are happy to advise you about toothbrushes.

Choosing a Toothbrush
Choose a shape and size of toothbrush that feels comfortable to you. The head of the toothbrush should be able to easily reach all areas of your mouth. Pick whichever type of handle (such as gripped or with a flexible neck) you prefer. We recommend that you choose a toothbrush with soft bristles instead of choosing one with medium or hard bristles. Soft toothbrush bristles are easier on the tooth enamel and on the gums. If you have sensitive teeth or enamel erosion, Dr. Drs. Nichols and Cicmanec may suggest a toothbrush with extra-soft bristles. You may want to consider a powered toothbrush for your dental hygiene needs. However, if you brush correctly, a manual toothbrush will serve you just as well.

Replacing Your Toothbrush
Replacing your toothbrush is very important to the health of your smile. You should get a new toothbrush every three months or when your old toothbrush begins to show wear. Our dentist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, also recommends that you replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold since the bristles can collect the germs.

We invite you to contact Prairie Dental Center at (605) 335-8640 today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.