We should all be paying attention to our dental health. Besides brushing our teeth, flossing, and dental check-ups, there are other aspects of dental health to consider. For example, when and why should you replace a toothbrush?
What’s Wrong With an Old Toothbrush?
A brand new toothbrush has bristles that are ready to work hard removing food and plaque from your teeth. Over time, these bristles fray and become dull, greatly reducing their effectiveness. An old toothbrush may miss things a newer toothbrush would catch.
In addition, a toothbrush you’ve used while sick can actually be a health hazard. Bacteria in the mouth can latch onto the toothbrush and re-infect you later. This doesn’t apply to viral strains, so you won’t give yourself the common cold all over again, but it can be the case with bacteria-based illnesses, such as strep throat.
When Should I Replace a Toothbrush?
The general rule for toothbrush replacement is every three months or after an illness. Three months is about how long it takes for those bristles to fray enough that they are no longer effective. There are a few exceptions: Children’s toothbrushes will need to be replaced more often than adults’, and anyone with gum disease should replace their toothbrush every 4-6 weeks.
How Should I Take Care of My Toothbrush?
During the three months you have each toothbrush, there are some good ways to keep it at its maximum effectiveness. You can help keep your toothbrush clean by thoroughly rinsing it with hot water after you use it, to remove any debris.
Avoid storing your toothbrush in a closed container such as a toothbrush holder with a lid. Instead, store it somewhere where it can sit upright after use and air dry. If it is stored near other toothbrushes, make sure they are far enough apart that they won’t contaminate each other. Above all, never share your toothbrush, especially if you or the other person is sick.
Bolivar Missouri Dentist
Have you noticed a build-up of plaque or are you concerned about exhibiting a signs of gum disease? It is important to see your dentist soon if you have any oral health concerns. For dental services in and around Bolivar, Missouri, call Bolivar Family Dental at (417) 777-8654. Feel free to call us with any questions or concerns you may have.
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