Knoxville Dentist on Getting the Most Out of Your Toothbrush

When plaque hardens, it becomes calculus (AKA tartar). When tartar builds up on your teeth and at your gumline, the bacteria-laden biofilms can cause cavities and gum disease. This is why it is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) that you visit your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. This isn’t all you…

When plaque hardens, it becomes calculus (AKA tartar). When tartar builds up on your teeth and at your gumline, the bacteria-laden biofilms can cause cavities and gum disease. This is why it is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) that you visit your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. This isn’t all you should do to maintain stellar oral health, however.  Knoxville dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, will share more information about choosing a toothbrush and getting the most out of your oral hygiene routine.

Choosing a Toothbrush

The last time you stood in front of the toothbrush section at WalMart or Target, did you feel overwhelmed? The price ranges and choices on the market are vast. You may be wondering if the expensive electric versions that boast superior power, built-in timers, and other bells and whistles are worth it. Or can you do just as much good with a plain old manual toothbrush like the one you grew up with? The main priority in choosing a toothbrush is finding one that will allow you to brush at the proper intensity for the right amount of time.For someone with strong hands and plenty of endurance, a manual toothbrush is perfectly sufficient, and may give your wallet a break.Many people prefer the ease of allowing an electric toothbrush to do all of the hard work for you, and find the investment worth it in helping you stick to your routine.

How Long Should You Brush Your Teeth?

Your teeth can be broken down into four quadrants. Each of these sections deserves at least thirty seconds of your attention. Choose a fluoridated toothpaste, and be sure to allow 30 minutes after eating or drinking anything acidic. This gives your tooth enamel the opportunity to re-harden and not be damaged by the bristles of your toothbrush.

Dental Checkups from Knoxville Dentist

Our 37919 dental office provides services including general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. To schedule an appointment with your dentist in Knoxville, call us at 865-584-8630. Dr. Erpenbach is happy to serve patients in West Knoxville, the Bearden area, the 37919 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.