How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

As you stand over your sink and ponder the frayed bristles of your favorite toothbrush, you may wonder: is it time to replace it? It’s a good question, and at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we have an answer.

We all brush our teeth on a daily basis. Like a good pair of jeans, it seems the more we use a toothbrush, the more comfortable it gets. As it turns out, that’s not a good thing when it comes to brushing your teeth.

The angle of the bristles on your toothbrush are an important part of cleaning. Straight bristles scrub your teeth and flex your gums. A light circular motion is enough to clean your teeth without causing damage.

Flat or frayed bristles are less capable and can even cause you to work harder. Pressing harder on your teeth can cause damage.

So how Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Anyone who has worried about changing the oil in their car has learned this basic rule of thumb; change your oil every three months. It’s the same with your toothbrush.

Most dental professionals recommend a new toothbrush every three months. The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush “every three to four months.”

The reasons to replace your toothbrush includes worn bristles and bacteria. Worn bristles, as we have discussed, are less effective.

Bacteria can also built up in the small gaps of your toothbrush and may contribute to decay and bad breath. Make sure you keep your toothbrush in a sanitary location. Allow for good drying to help extend its life.

Regardless of how long it’s been, if the bristles on your toothbrush look like they’re trying to get away from each other, it’s time.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we want the best possible dental health for each one of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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