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Your toothbrush is a handy tool that can clean your smile and help you prevent dental problems, like tooth decay and gum disease, but you probably already knew that. Today, our dentist, Dr. Michael R. Wiesner, would like to share some details about toothbrushes that you most likely didn’t know. That way you learn more about the tool you use to clean your teeth and gums every morning and night. Those details are:

– The toothbrush is very old. In fact, it’s 5,000 years old. In the past, ancient civilizations used a stick (one with a frayed end) to clean the food and other substances from their teeth. As time went on, the toothbrush evolved and was made of different objects, including bone, wood, or ivory for the handles as well as animal hairs for the bristles. The modern toothbrush we use now was invented in 1938.

– Both manual and electric toothbrushes can effectively clean your smile. This means that when you are trying to choose between these tools, your preference is all that matters. Your teeth don’t care which brush you use to clean them!

– Toothbrushes don’t last forever. They only last 3-4 months. So, if you’ve used your toothbrush longer than 4 months, it’s time to replace it. This is because it’s no longer 100 percent effective at cleaning your smile.

To learn more about toothbrushes in Shreveport, Louisiana, please contact our dental team at A Brighter Smile Dental Care when you have the chance. All you need to do is dial (318) 688-9330 and we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to hearing from you and giving you the information you need!