You use it twice a day, but do you know when it is time to replace it? Proper toothbrush replacement is essential to get the most out of brushing.
Follow the Three Month Rule
Most dentists recommend that you get a new toothbrush every three months. However, this is a general recommendation, as specific factors may require that you change out your brush more often.
For example, teens with braces often need to replace their brushes more frequently. Children's toothbrushes also tend to wear out more quickly than adult brushes, as kids tend to brush with more vigor than older people.
Look for Signs of Wear
Even if it hasn't been three months, you may need to replace your toothbrush. Signs of wear, including frayed or splayed bristles, are a good sign that it is time to get a new brush. These brushes won't be effective at cleaning your teeth, especially if the bristles point in odd directions. Worn bristles lead to missed debris and plaque.
There are some steps that you can take to minimize wear and extend the life of your brush. Be sure to rinse it vigorously under cold water to remove excess debris and toothpaste. Brushes should be stored upright in the open so that they can dry, and a plastic case should protect them during travel.
Don't Ditch Your Toothbrush When You Get Sick
Many people incorrectly believe that they need to throw out a toothbrush after they get sick. This simply isn't true. Oral bacteria aren't able to survive in a dry environment. So, after you've been ill, you don't need to worry about sterilizing or replacing your toothbrush.
If it is time for a new toothbrush, consider an appointment for a dental cleaning. Our hygienists will thoroughly inspect and clean your teeth, and you'll leave with a new brush. It is a win-win situation for everyone. Call us today.