Out With The Old Toothbrush & In With The New

There is an often asked question of when you should say goodbye to your old toothbrush and say hello to a new one. You always know when it’s time to replace shoes and clothes but how do you know when it’s time to change your toothbrush?

When To Replace Your Old Toothbrush
It’s recommended that you replace your toothbrushes every 3 or 4 months. If you haven’t been feeling well or you are sick consider getting a new toothbrush. It’s the easiest to know when the time has come by looking at your toothbrush bristles. There is a helpful saying “if they are frayed throw it away!”. Frayed toothbrush bristles lack at thoroughly cleaning your teeth, so if they are no longer intact, it’s time for a new toothbrush.

How To Maintain Your Toothbrush
Whether you use an electronic toothbrush or a standard toothbrush, it’s important to keep it clean. The ADA, American Dental Association, recommends that you rinse your toothbrush under tap water after every brush. This will help wash away toothpaste and saliva that’s left behind. It’s best to store your toothbrush in a vertically upright position so that the bristles are able to air dry. If you store your toothbrush in a closed container bacteria can build up. Consider using a disposable toothbrush if you’re traveling to avoid bacteria buildup on your everyday toothbrush.

Dentistry at Rea Village loves informing our patients about important pieces to great oral health. At every routine dental cleaning visit you will receive your complimentary dental goodie bag that includes a new toothbrush, floss and toothpaste. Our skilled dental hygienists want our patients to have the best home care! Are you looking for an amazing dental team, call Dentistry at Rea Village off of Providence Road in Charlotte, NC today at 704.846.1401 or learn more here!

Sources:
https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/how-often-should-you-change-your-toothbrush-0114
https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/why-oral-b/electric-toothbrushes/when-to-change-toothbrush-or-head

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