How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

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Do you remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If you don’t, then you are not alone. Many  people don’t realize that their toothbrush has a shelf life. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends everyone replace their toothbrush every three to four months. If the bristles are frayed or worn out then you should be replacing your toothbrush much sooner than the recommended time frame.

A toothbrush loses its effectiveness to remove plaque from the gums and teeth when the bristles are frayed or worn out. By the time you finish reading, you’ll want to replace your old toothbrush. We have you covered, don’t worry.

How Can You Tell If Your Toothbrush Isn’t Effective?

If you run your tongue across your teeth and you don’t have a slippery feeling as you do so, then your toothbrush needs to be replaced as soon as possible.

What About When You’re Sick

When sick, it is good to change your toothbrush regularly, because toothbrush bristles don’t kill bacteria in the mouth. Changing your toothbrush regularly can help prevent spreading of illness and help to maximize your teeth cleaning routine.

What If You Don’t Take Our Advice

Our advice will help you to improve your hygiene and teeth cleaning routine -but if you don’t adhere to any of it, the worst that can happen is a bacteria filled toothbrush and the common cold. 

Some people think that toothbrush covers are helpful in preventing bacterial build up, but the opposite is true. Toothbrush covers are a breeding ground for bacterial growth due to the continuous moist environment provided by the toothbrush cover. Its recommended to stand a toothbrush up and let it dry which helps to kill bacteria on your bristles.

If you need more advice on oral hygiene, contact us today to schedule your appointment or to speak with one of our trusted staff.

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