How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
- Posted on: Oct 19 2018
As you stand over your bathroom sink and meditate on the frayed bristles of a favorite toothbrush, do you wonder if the time has come to replace it? It’s a good question, and Flax Dental, your dentist in Atlanta GA, has an answer.
The more we use a toothbrush, the more comfortable it gets, kind of like a pair of jeans. As it happens, that’s not a good thing when it comes to brushing your teeth.
The angle of the bristles on your toothbrush are an important part of cleaning. Straight bristles scrub your teeth and flex your gums. A light circular motion is enough to clean your teeth without causing damage.
Flat or frayed bristles are less efficient and can even cause you to work harder. Pressing harder on your teeth can cause damage.
So how often should you change your toothbrush?
Anyone who has worried about changing the oil in their car has learned this basic rule of thumb; change your oil every three months. It’s the same with your toothbrush.
Most dental professionals recommend a new toothbrush every three months. The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush “every three to four months.”
The reasons to replace your toothbrush includes worn bristles and bacteria. Worn bristles, as we have discussed, are less effective.
Bacteria can also built up in the small gaps of your toothbrush and may contribute to decay and bad breath. Make sure you keep your toothbrush in a sanitary location. Allow for good drying to help extend its life.
Regardless of how long it’s been, if the bristles on your toothbrush look like they’re trying to get away from each other, it’s time!
At Flax Dental in Atlanta GA, the dental health of our patients is of utmost importance. We provide health and wellness dentistry, and a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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