HOW OFTEN TO CHANGE TOOTHBRUSH
The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush every three to four months. But does that recommendation ring true in every scenario? How do you know for sure when it’s time to change it out? Keeping your teeth clean is an important part of your general health routine so read on to learn more about how often to change your toothbrush.
Those new to brushing their teeth may need to change out their toothbrush more often than the recommended three to four months. Both Oral-B and Colgate agree with the American Dental Association that children should change their toothbrush more often than adults. Part of the reason for this is that children are still learning the mechanics of brushing their teeth and may brush a little too hard at times causing the bristles to fray and wear away at a much faster rate. Adults have a better grasp on the proper way to brush and are less likely to use excessive force.
ELIMINATE THE COLD AND FLU BUG
If you have had the flu recently you should swap out your toothbrush ASAP. Because it can be difficult to kill certain germs and viruses, it’s also recommended that you change every family member’s toothbrush too. In most cases, colds and flu become a family affair. Germs can easily be passed back and forth when the toothbrushes are in close proximity to one another, so changing all of them at once, ensures that the germs don’t continue to travel from one toothbrush to another. This can seem excessive to some, but knowing how often to change toothbrush, especially after the flu, can prevent you and your family members from future illnesses.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
After you brush your teeth, you should store your toothbrush with the head up so that it can air dry. When your toothbrush is stored properly, the head won’t be in contact with any other surface. This way, it won’t pick up any unnecessary bacteria that may be lurking on the countertops. If you use an electric toothbrush, make sure that it is rinsed thoroughly and placed in the proper position on the charger after every use. If you take care of your toothbrush properly, you may be able to make your toothbrush last a little longer- but don’t push it! Your adult teeth are the only ones you will ever have. If you want your routine to be effective, you need to change your toothbrush every few months to make sure you are getting the best clean possible, especially deep down between your teeth and your gums. Check your toothbrush often to make sure the bristles are in good shape. If they aren’t, it’s time to replace it with a new one! Replacing your toothbrush every three months or so will allow you to clean your teeth properly and prevent tooth decay. If you aren’t sure what type of toothbrush you should use, call your dentist! They can discuss your options and help you to choose the right one. Don’t have a dentist? Come visit us at Dobson Ranch Dental Care.