As your dentist for the Alexandria and Burke area, Dr. McMillan and our team believe that keeping your oral health in tip-top shape doesn’t stop at the dental chair. Good oral health starts at home. Counting solely on your dentist increases the likelihood of caries, gum disease, and the need for more invasive dental procedures that can all be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene at home.

When it comes to oral hygiene, proper brushing and flossing techniques are key. This includes using a toothbrush that is best fit for your individual needs. With so many varieties available, deciding which one to buy can become daunting. Whether choosing a manual or electric toothbrush, here are some things to consider when trying to decide which is best:

*Choose a toothbrush that has an ADA seal on the packaging
*Make sure it fits comfortably in your hand and mouth, which will encourage you to use it more often
*Soft or medium bristles are best– the softer the better
*Is easy to use
*Choose nylon, and avoid “natural” toothbrushes that may have enamel-damaging bristles

It’s recommended that a toothbrush is replaced every three months, or as the bristles begin to bend. If you still have concerns as to which toothbrush is best for your specific needs, speak with your dentist. Alexandria and Burke dentist, Dr. McMillan, puts your oral health first. Call today, to schedule your exam!

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