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A General Dentist Discusses How Often You Should Change Your Toothbrush
A general dentist will be quick to tell you just how important brushing regularly is. Brushing at least two times each day is the bare minimum, and many dentists recommend brushing after every meal. As important as brushing regularly is, using the right toothbrush is just as important.
Our general dentist recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush that can easily reach the back areas of your mouth. A soft toothbrush provides enough friction to properly clean teeth, and it will not damage the tooth enamel unless improper brushing techniques are used.
A toothbrush will eventually become worn down as it is used regularly. The bristles of the brush will reach a point where they no longer properly clean tooth surfaces. That can end up giving plaque a chance to accumulate on tooth surfaces, despite the fact that the person brushes regularly.
A general dentist explains when a toothbrush should be changed
How frequently a toothbrush should be replaced varies from person to person and is based on a number of factors, such as how often they brush their teeth. Generally speaking, dentists recommend replacing a toothbrush every three months. That is about the time it takes for the bristles to become severely worn down with normal use.
Those who use electronic toothbrushes should replace the brush heads every few months.
Another reason why dentists recommend replacing a toothbrush every three months is due to the bacteria that build up on it over time. Bacteria like E. coli can easily make their way onto a toothbrush, especially if it is stored in the bathroom. Most of the bacteria strains that accumulate on teeth are harmless, but more new strains will continue to form on it over time and that can lead to a health issue. Replacing a toothbrush every three months allows one to start with a bacteria-free brush every few months.
As was mentioned earlier, the bristles of a toothbrush becoming worn out is another good reason to replace a toothbrush every few months. Daily use forces the bristles of the toothbrush to become softer and bent. As a result, the bristles are less effective at removing bacteria, plaque and food particles from tooth surfaces. Using a worn-down toothbrush will lead to plaque and tartar buildup, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Dentists recommend feeling your teeth with your fingers after brushing. The teeth should feel smooth and slippery. If they do not, it might be time to get a new toothbrush or improve your brushing technique.
A good toothbrush is key
A good toothbrush is your first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure you change yours every three months or whenever you notice the bristles have become worn down. Add daily flossing and mouthwash to your oral routine and your teeth will have maximum protection against tooth decay.
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