Dental Tips Blog

Jul
31

Replace Your Toothbrush – Why and When

We’ve heard that we should be replacing our toothbrushes on a regular basis. Are you doing it regularly enough, though?

It’s true that your toothbrush is your own business. But there are good reasons why you should keep it fresh!

Keep the Germ Count Down

Change out your toothbrush after a bout of sickness. Some bacteria and viruses can stick around on the damp bristles of a toothbrush and potentially reinfect you. This is particularly true in the case of cold sores.

Think, too, about where you keep your toothbrush.

Most folks keep their toothbrushes in the bathroom. When the toilet flushes, bacteria and debris are suspended in the tiny droplets that are released. These droplets can land on any object within reach – including (eek!) your toothbrush!

Replacing your toothbrush from time to time will help you keep all those nasty germs from accumulating on your brush…and setting up camp in your mouth.

Keep Your Brushing Effective

The bristles on a toothbrush are designed to gently slip just below the gum line around teeth. This helps dislodge bacteria that hide underneath. Each of the bristles also helps scrub away stain and food buildup while loosening debris that gets stuck in the grooves of teeth.

When these bristles splay, you no longer have that original scrubbing power. Instead of loosening plaque, the flattened bristles will just kind of push it around. You won’t be able to keep the gum lines as clean.

Keep your smile healthy and beautiful by replacing your toothbrush, ideally, every 3-4 months.

Monitor your brush after a few months of use for signs of the bristles splaying. Talk with your hygienist at your local dental office to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. C Family Dentistry
13514 E 32nd Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 591-9317

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