Do you ever stand over your sink and meditate on the frayed bristles of a favorite toothbrush, and wonder if it’s time to replace it, just as a matter of dental hygiene?
It’s a good question. We all brush our teeth on a daily basis. Like a good pair of jeans, it seems the more we use a toothbrush, the more comfortable it gets.
As it turns out, that’s not a good thing when it comes to brushing your teeth. A new, clean toothbrush is a cleaner and healthier tool for brushing. Bacteria can built up in the small gaps of your brush and may contribute to decay and bad breath.
Furthermore, the angle of the bristles 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 effective 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 it every three months. It’s the same with your toothbrush.
Or to put it another way, if you can’t remember when the last time you replaced your toothbrush, it’s time.
Most dental professionals recommend a new toothbrush every three months. At Kernagis Dental Excellence, we do, too.
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. Otherwise, change your toothbrush at the start of every new Florida season to keep it fresh and effective.
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