It is Time to Replace Your Toothbrush?
Your Henderson dentist shares the best times to replace your toothbrush.
Most of us use our toothbrushes a couple times a day, so they certainly work hard to maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, your toothbrush won’t last forever. This means you need to regularly replace it in order to ensure that you are getting the most out of your daily oral care. An old toothbrush won’t be as effective in cleaning your teeth. Therefore, ask yourself these questions to help you figure out whether it’s time to toss the brush and opt for a new one.
“How old is your toothbrush?”
If you can’t remember when you actually bought your last toothbrush then chances are it’s too old. The life of a toothbrush is usually about three months, on average. Therefore, if you have had your toothbrush longer than that you may be risking infection or putting debris and food back onto your teeth when you brush. If it’s been months since you bought a new toothbrush, it’s time to go shopping.
“Are the bristles frayed?”
Take a quick look at your toothbrush and examine the bristles. Are they still intact or are they fraying out and looking a bit beat up? If so, this is the number one sign that it’s time to ditch your toothbrush and buy a new one. Fraying bristles aren’t nearly as effective at cleaning teeth as a brand new toothbrush head.
“Have you just recovered from an illness?”
If you just got over the flu or another illness the last thing you want to do is get it again; however, if you used your toothbrush during your sickness you will want to ditch it to protect yourself from these same germs. Don’t take a chance when it comes to your health.
“Have you traveled recently?”
If you recently went home for the holidays or you just decided to take a much-needed vacation away then you probably took your toothbrush with you. If you did, it’s time to get a new one upon your return. Whether you know it or not, your toothbrush is exposed to different germs during your travels. Whether it’s being shoved into a suitcase, being handled by airport security or just sitting in your hotel. To protect your smile, opt for a new toothbrush when you return home.
Of course, good at-home oral care is crucial to a healthy, disease-free smile; however, it’s equally as important to see your Henderson dentist regularly for cleanings and checkup. If it’s time for your six-month dental cleaning, then give our office a call today.