When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, brushing your teeth each day is a non-negotiable task. In fact, you need to be brushing your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste twice a day for two minutes each session. If you are doing the job right, you’ll understand what a toll this can take on your toothbrush. Are you honoring or even paying attention to your toothbrush? It’s one of the most important tools you have in your household!
One of the best ways we can care for our toothbrushes is knowing when they need to be replaced. Whether you use a manual or electric version, toothbrushes have a set lifespan. The bristles that work so hard to clear away food debris, bacteria and plaque will eventually suffer wear and tear. While you can maximize the lifespan of your toothbrush by rinsing it and storing it properly, you’ll still need to consider replacing it when the time comes.
When to Change Your Toothbrush
So when is it time to replace your toothbrush? The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends changing your toothbrush every 3 months. This is the average amount of time it takes for a toothbrush to wear out and lose its effectiveness in removing plaque from teeth and gums. Additionally, germs can hide and build up in toothbrush bristles.
If it’s been 3 months, go ahead and purchase a new toothbrush. However, you should consider replacing your toothbrush even sooner if you notice the following:
- Worn or frayed bristles
- Discoloration – stains or mold
- Recent sickness – cold or infection
The Risk of Not Replacing Your Toothbrush
Still not convinced you really need to throw that toothbrush away after three months? There are serious matters at stake if you neglect this important oral hygiene tool for tool. First and foremost, bacteria is more likely to have accumulated on the bristled after an extended amount of time. Unfortunately, reintroducing oral bacteria into your mouth when you brush means you could do more damage than good with your toothbrush, including gum disease, decay, sickness, bad breath and other issues.
Ask Your Dentist
At Gainesville Dental Group, we typically see our patients twice a year. That leaves 363 days of the year for you to carry out your dental care at home. Therefore, we welcome the opportunity to advise you about your oral hygiene products – especially your toothbrush. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30501
Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM