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You know that brushing your teeth every day is imperative for ideal oral health. You know the color of your personal toothbrush. But beyond that, how much do you really know about toothbrushes? Keep reading to learn what you’ve been missing.

Is a manual or electric toothbrush better?
Both manual and electric toothbrushes can effectively clean your teeth if used properly. Simply brush twice a day for two minutes. Choose a manual or an electric toothbrush based on your preferences. If you find brushing with a manual toothbrush difficult, you may wish to try an electric toothbrush. Talk to Dr. David S. Peterson about which type of toothbrush is better for you.

Which type of bristles is best?
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, whether you choose a manual or electric toothbrush. Using a toothbrush with medium or firm bristles can damage your gums and tooth enamel. Don’t scrub your teeth when you brush, as this can damage the enamel as well.

Should a toothbrush be shared?
Never share a toothbrush, even with your significant other. Sharing a toothbrush means you are also sharing bacteria and germs. This is especially a problem if you or the other person has a cold or flu.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in Salt Lake City, Utah, please call The Dental Studio at 801-758-0985 today.