Are you paying attention to your toothbrush? Are you careful to replace your toothbrush after being sick with a cold, flu, or other viruses? We’ve found that a lot of people don’t know when to replace their toothbrush, so we’re going to break down some basic rules and principles.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
We should change our toothbrush every 3 – 4 months (or sooner if the bristles are frayed) according to The American Dental Association. Not only will your toothbrush go through normal wear and tear from frequent brushing (ahem, at least twice a day, right?), but it also becomes home to germs that can hide in the bristles. Had a cold recently? Replace the toothbrush ASAP!
What happens if I don’t change my toothbrush frequently?
If germs hiding in the bristles aren’t enough to convince you to change your toothbrush, maybe gingivitis can do the trick. A damaged toothbrush can cause a lot of damage to your gums and teeth. An old toothbrush will become so ineffective at cleaning your teeth and removing the plaque, it can lead to gingivitis. And without proper treatment, gingivitis can lead to infection (and in severe cases, some teeth will even need to be pulled).
None of that sounds appealing, so don’t neglect replacing your toothbrush! If you need help remembering, add a reminder on your phone that repeats ever 3 months.
What kind of toothbrush is best for me?
A walk down the grocery aisle to buy a toothbrush can be an overwhelming experience. You have far too many options to choose from, and if you don’t know what to look for you can end up grabbing the wrong one. Here are a few quick tips from our blog on choosing the right toothbrush:
– For most adults, pick a toothbrush with soft bristles.
– Also for most adults, toothbrushes with heads half an inch wide and one inch tall are the safest bet.
– Ask your dentist for a recommendation. Not all mouths are the same, and not all toothbrushes are created equal. Your dentist can help you pick out a brush that’s best for your mouth.
There you have it! To schedule your next visit and ask what toothbrush you should be using, call our office at 402-488-2383 or fill out our contact form.