How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? When it comes to dental hygiene, it’s often one topic that doesn’t get as much attention or thought as others. However, there are important tips you should follow for maintaining optimal dental health. Here, Medical Arts Dentistry discusses toothbrush replacement and your overall oral health. 

Replacing Your Toothbrush 

The American Dental Association (ADA), recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months. Toothbrushes are like most things in life. Over time, the bristles degrade with normal wear and tear and become less effective. Studies have proven that around three months, the bristles break down and become less effective. Another thing we don’t typically think about is that germs can hide and build up in toothbrush bristles. This makes it very important to replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold/strep throat, or you can risk possible reinfection. If you can’t remember exactly how long it’s been, pay attention to the condition your toothbrush head is in. If the bristles are worn out or frayed, or especially if you see dark color changes, which is a sign bacteria is hiding in your toothbrush, replace it immediately.

What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Toothbrush?

Over time bacteria and fungus accumulate on your toothbrush leading to potential serious oral health risks. Risks includes damaging your gums, as old toothbrushes become ineffective with removing plaque from your teeth. Poor and improper cleaning can lead to gingivitis which in turn can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss. As recommended, change your toothbrush every  three months or after illness.

Dental Products To Consider 

Ask your dentist during your next dental checkup for recommendations about what tooth brush best meets your individual needs. Some common suggestions among dental professionals are:

  • Look for toothbrushes with soft bristles, as hard bristles damage your teeth and gums.
  • Choose a toothbrush head size that touches one or two teeth at a time.
  • Use a toothpaste containing fluoride approved by the ADA. 
  • Consider using mouthwash to further fight plaque and gingivitis. 
  • Don’t forget to floss. 
  • Consider investing in an electric brush. 

Do your research on what products fit your needs best, and don’t forget to ask your dentist for recommendations.

Schedule Cleaning Today 

Dental cleanings and exams are an essential part of keeping your teeth and mouth healthy and preventing decay and disease comprehensive dental services help you maintain healthy teeth and gums and a winning smile in addition, dental exams aid in the early detection of developing problems so you can be treated for issues earlier and more effectively to schedule a cleaning and exam, please call today for an appointment with our dental hygiene team.