Brushing regularly will help you preserve a healthy smile! But your smile won’t survive if you don’t properly take care of your toothbrush. Take a look at your current toothbrush bristles. Are they frayed, smashed, discolored? Yes? It’s definitely time for a new one!
You should be replacing your toothbrush every three to four months for the best results. Toothbrush bristles lose their elasticity which keeps them from achieving the gentle-sweeping movement you want while brushing. It’s also been proven that old, worn toothbrushes don’t reduce plaque as well as new ones.
There are several ways you can keep your toothbrush as clean as possible during the few months you use it. You can use a sanitizer, you just need to check the label to ensure that product has been approved by the FDA. Don’t share your toothbrush! Everyone has bacteria in their mouth, and you certainly don’t want someone else’s bacteria. You should also rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after use and stand it in an upright position letting it air dry. Don’t put it in a closed container – bacteria grows faster in dark, damp spaces.
If you have questions about which toothbrush is the best for your teeth, talk to your hygienist or dentist at your next appointment. We can help determine which type of toothbrush will ensure maximum effectiveness.