All about the toothbrush

teeth health smile dentistEveryone knows the importance of brushing your teeth daily and attending regular checkups at the dentist, but not everyone considers the importance of their toothbrush.

Key takeaways:

– Your toothbrush should have soft bristles as hard bristles can damage your enamel if applied too vigorously

– You should replace your toothbrush regularly – either every 3 months, when the bristles are frayed or if you’ve been ill

– Make sure you keep your toothbrush somewhere where it can air and dry properly and not touching anyone else’s toothbrush

Also, a 15-minute soak in mouthwash will help to deep-clean the brush and bristles.

“When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush?”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.