If you brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day, congratulations! This daily routine is a great way to reduce your risk of tooth decay by cleaning off harmful bacteria that causes plaque and cavities.
But don’t forget that your toothbrush or electric brush head won’t last forever. When those nylon bristles get worn out, the brush must be replaced. Do you know how frequently to get a new toothbrush?
How Often To Replace Your Toothbrush
Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 to 4 months. If the bristles appear frayed even sooner than 3 months, it’s time to go shopping for a new one. Frayed bristles won’t do as thorough a job of cleaning the teeth.
Children tend to brush the teeth more vigorously than adults, and so their toothbrushes may need replacing more frequently.
Always get a new toothbrush if you have been sick, especially with a cold, the flu, a sore throat or a mouth infection. Damp toothbrush bristles are a great place for germs to hide and possibly re-infect you.
Individuals with gum disease should change their toothbrushes more frequently – every 4 to 6 weeks – to prevent bacteria from spreading.
Electric brushes may alert you when they need replacing with a color change. Check owner instructions on change frequency.
Maintaining Your Toothbrush
Rinse your brush completely with hot water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and food particles.
Be sure to let your toothbrush dry out completely between brushings to prevent fungus and bacteria. Harmful microbes need water to survive. Store the brush upright for thorough drying.
When traveling, if you store your toothbrush in a plastic container, let it air dry before putting it away.
Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.