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Toothbrushes at Walgreens

Of all the products that are part of your daily routine, the one that likely sees the most action is your toothbrush. In order to maintain proper oral hygiene, dentists recommend that you brush twice a day. In addition to brushing correctly, it's important that you use a high-quality toothbrush for the task. Walgreens has a wide selection of toothbrushes so you can choose the one that's right for you.

Choosing a Toothbrush

Selecting the best toothbrush is a personal decision, and everyone will have slightly different preferences when it comes to the toothbrush they like to use. You should choose a brush that is the proper size for your mouth and can easily access all the surfaces of your teeth (which might mean that you need to opt for a slightly smaller brush if you have a small mouth). Most people find that they prefer a brush with softer bristles, but you should follow the advice of your dentist when choosing the type of toothbrush to use. Many of the toothbrushes available from Walgreens are also designed ergonomically, so they can help you easily reach even the furthest recesses of your mouth.

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

You may think that you already know how to brush your teeth-after all, you've probably been doing it for years-but most people don't actually perform this routine task properly. For one, it's essential that you brush at least twice a day, and you may need to brush even more often if you are particularly cavity-prone. Begin by applying a small strip of toothpaste to your toothbrush. Next, target each area of your mouth by brushing every surface of every tooth. Many people make the mistake of brushing the fronts of teeth but forget to also address the inner surfaces-which is where most plaque actually collects.

Proper Brushing Techniques

Rather than brushing horizontally across your teeth, you should brush in a circular pattern. This motion helps prevent abrasion along your gum line. Make sure that you spend enough time brushing your back teeth, as they are often where the most food particles and plaque tend to hide. Everyone should spend at least two minutes brushing-and experts agree that three minutes is even better. If you find that you get bored while brushing, you can try multitasking by watching a little TV or playing your favorite song. It's important to give every area of your mouth equal attention so that all of your teeth get adequately cleaned. Finally, make sure to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. These areas often contain many of the bacteria responsible for bad breath, so keeping them clean is very important. In addition to brushing properly, be sure to floss.

Take Care of Your Toothbrush

Caring for your toothbrush in between uses is almost as important as brushing correctly. Give it a thorough rinse after each use to remove any remaining toothpaste and wash away the germs and plaque that collect while you brush. You should also let your bristles dry after you brush because a perpetually moist toothbrush head can foster growth of bacteria. Dentists recommend that you replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles start to look frayed or every three to four months (whichever comes first). As they start to wear out, toothbrushes become less effective, so it's important to stay on top of replacing yours before that happens.

Regular brushing with a high-quality electric powered or manual toothbrush is an essential part of your daily routine. Browse the selection of products available from Walgreens, and you can easily find the tools you need to maintain good dental hygiene and fight cavities. Proper oral care should be considered an important part of your overall health. See your dentist regularly.