It’s Important To Change Your Toothbrush

 In Dental Hygiene, Health, Lifestyle

Dentists often tell us that we should change our toothbrush every 3-4 months for the sake of our dental health. However, not all of us listen to this advice, and many wonder why should we change toothbrushes when the current one still looks good?

The answer is, it depends. Generally, we change our toothbrushes when the current one can no longer do an excellent job of protecting our teeth.

  • Bristles become frayed or harden up: The more force you apply to the toothbrush while brushing, the faster it wears down. Brushing with hard bristles while using some force can damage the protective enamel layer on your teeth.
  • Improper storage causes your toothbrush to be laden with bacteria: We all know how easy it is to get bacteria in a wet or moist environment because that’s the only environment they thrive in. If you don’t have a dry or clean place to store your brush after using, chances are you may need a replacement.

Make Your Tooth Brush Last Longer

Choosing the right type of toothbrush is not only crucial for your oral health but also helps prolong its useful life. If you are confused, do not hesitate to consult your dentist. The two most important criteria to pay attention to are the bristle hardness and the shape of the head. An elongated head allows you to reach areas not easily accessible. This can include part of the gum line or behind the molars. Be gentle when brushing your teeth and rinse the toothbrush thoroughly before storing it in an upright position in a dry and clean place.

No matter how well you care for your toothbrush, it’s still advisable to change it periodically. Especially, when you notice the bristles getting frayed. After recovering from a cold, you should change your toothbrush to avoid reinfection. It’s highly likely the bacteria has infected the bristles.

Make better dental care part of this year’s resolution. Contact us online here to get an appointment scheduled at our office in Bristol. If you have any questions about toothbrush care or want more information, call us at (276) 466-9800 today!

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