How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?
There is a very good chance that you have owned a large number of toothbrushes over the years, but do you know how often your toothbrush needs to be replaced? Before we get into that answer, let’s explore the idea of the toothbrush for a moment. As we hope you know, a toothbrush is one of the primary tools you can use to remove lingering bacteria and unwanted food from your teeth, tongue, and mouth after eating. Now, to answer the important question, you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
How Do I Know When to Replace My Toothbrush?
Aside from the standard 3 to 4 months, there are certain instances that would require you to change your brush immediately. The first is if you notice damage to your toothbrush. If the brush bristles are bent, crushed, or appear to be missing, it is time for a replacement. If your toothbrush is damaged, you may notice that your teeth don’t feel as clean as after brushing with a new brush. You should also replace your toothbrush following an illness. There is always bacteria that linger on your toothbrush, but after an illness, you don’t want the bad bacteria to take over and cause a reinfection.
Clean Your Toothbrush Properly
It is important that you are caring for your toothbrush properly. Be sure to rinse it thoroughly after brushing to remove any lingering food that may have been trapped in your teeth. It is also wise to store your toothbrush upright so the bristles can dry properly.
We would love to hear from you if you have any other oral hygiene questions or need a recommendation for a good dental tool. With the end of the year fast approaching if you need a hygiene examination or to schedule a recommended treatment, be sure to contact our office located in Phoenix, AZ to schedule an appointment. Just a friendly reminder that your dental insurance benefits expire at the end of the year, and we would hate to see you lose your benefits that you worked hard to get. We look forward to hearing from you soon!