Step up your oral hygiene routine.
Most of us think about changing toothbrushes only once or twice a year—when they're offered in the goodie bag at the dentist's office. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, three out of four people change their toothbrushes less frequently than they should (which is every three to four months, according to the American Dental Association). But thanks to technological advances including smart toothbrushes, subscription services, and targeted toothpastes and rinses, we’ve not only largely replaced standard toothbrushes with electric versions, but we also have a plethora of new ways to keep our teeth and gums healthy at home.
When it comes to choosing the right toothbrush, Edita Outericka, D.M.D., a dentist at Dynamic Dental in Mansfield, MA advises: “You want to look for the sonic type of vibration, where you can let the toothbrush do the work. The vibration destroys staining that sits in grooves in the teeth, brushes out bacteria, and breaks it down much more easily.”