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A good toothbrush should have bristles that are in good shape. They should not be worn or flattened. It’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three months. But when the time comes to buy a new toothbrush, what should you look for in a replacement?

You want soft bristles. Some people think that medium or hard bristles are better at removing plaque or food, but harder bristles can damage your tooth enamel or even your gums. If you think that you need a toothbrush with harder bristles, you should talk with your dentist first. In addition to damaging your teeth and gums, hard bristles may aggravate problems with sensitive teeth. Toothbrushes come in different shapes, and often they are angled. The head may have shape designed for a better fit in your mouth, and different toothbrushes even have different kinds of bristles. The head of your toothbrush may be textured on the opposite side to clean your tongue, and there are brands with grips to help you hold your toothbrush.

All of those options are up to you, so long as your toothbrush has soft bristles and the head is small enough to reach every part of your mouth. With kids, you might consider getting a toothbrush in their favorite color, or in the shape of their favorite cartoon character or superhero. That can make brushing a little more fun and make it easier for you get them to take care of their teeth. If you have difficulty holding a toothbrush for a long period of time, you might consider a powered toothbrush.

Of course, no matter how new your toothbrush may be, and no matter how well you use it, there is no substitute for seeing your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. Not only can your dentist remove the plaque and tartar your toothbrush may have missed, and check your teeth and mouth for problems like cavities and gum disease, he can answer any questions you may have about oral hygiene and products. If you are looking for a family dentist, or if it is time for your checkup, our dentist, Dr. Seyed Ghorshi will be happy to see you. To make an appointment at Ghorshi Family Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina, call 704-321-3244 today.