How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

August 28, 2020

Toothbrush head with normal toothbruhsWe all know that one of the most important steps in your dental health routine is brushing your teeth. From a young age, you’re taught how to brush your teeth and that it’s important to do it twice a day. But if you’re not changing your brush head or toothbrush every 3 months, your brushing won’t be as effective! Keep reading to find out the benefits of changing your toothbrush.

Reasons To Change Your Toothbrush

  • Your toothbrush removes plaque and bacteria from your teeth. After you brush your teeth, any bacteria or plaque removed is now making a home on your toothbrush. This is similar to the idea of dirt being transferred to a sponge or a cloth after you finish cleaning. The longer you keep a toothbrush, the more bacteria you will have on it.
  • After some time the bristles on your toothbrush start to become worn out. A worn out toothbrush normally has abrasive bristles that are harsh on your gums. This leads to premature gum recession and inflammation of your gums. You can expect this to happen to your toothbrush around 3 months of use, but if you notice toothbrush bristles pointing in the wrong direction before 3 months, it’s time for a change!
  • If you were recently sick then now is a great time to change your toothbrush. Viruses and bacteria remain on the bristles of your toothbrush, leading to infect any toothbrushes around it or reinfecting yourself. The safest option for both you and your family, discard any toothbrush after overcoming sickness and replace it with a fresh one.

Ways To Keep a Toothbrush Clean

In order to keep your toothbrush clean is to rinse it well and let it air dry. Storing your toothbrush in a small enclosed space allows for bacteria to fester and grow. If you store your toothbrush in a cup or a holder, avoid letting it touch other toothbrushes, this is an easy way for bacteria to transfer.

Your Dentist Has Got You Covered

At the end of your dental visit, most will receive a new toothbrush! This means if you’re going to the dentist every six months you only have to buy one toothbrush in between every year! Visit My Dentist for a routine cleaning and a complimentary toothbrush.

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