When to Get a New Toothbrush

frayed toothbrush bristles - When to get a new toothbrush

Changing your tooth brush occasionally is an important step to keeping a healthy mouth. The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, maybe even sooner if the bristles on the brush are frayed. As the bristles become worn out, the brush becomes less effective in cleaning in between teeth. New toothbrushes are proven to remove more plaque and build up than a used toothbrush.

On the unfortunate occasion that you get sick, dentists recommend you replace your toothbrush to prevent future illness. The toothbrush can hold onto, and even grow bacteria.

Toothbrush Maintenance

Rinsing the toothbrush under water when finished brushing is important to reduce bacteria growth. In terms of storage, the toothbrush should be left out to air dry. If a toothbrush is placed in a closed case immediately after using, bacteria can grow because of the warm, moist environment. When on vacation or traveling for business, it is recommended that a disposable toothbrush is used only for the time you are away. If you want to reduce your plastic waste, explore other biodegradable options, like bamboo toothbrushes, that can help you feel less guilty about tossing your toothbrush every 3-4 months.

Bristles Strength

When shopping for that shiny, new toothbrush, you’ll see different bristle types such as soft, medium or even extra-soft. On average, most dentists recommend a soft bristled toothbrush as it is gentle on the teeth but also gets the job done. A bristle that is medium or even hard, may wear away at the enamel that is crucial in protecting your teeth. Asking your dentist for their recommendation for you personally is always encouraged.

To schedule your dental appointment, contact local Newburgh, NY dentist Dr. Michael Koumas.

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