We all know that brushing our teeth is an important part of a good oral hygiene routine, but when was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If you want to prevent gum disease and tooth decay, having the right equipment is key. An old toothbrush can actually sabotage your dental care, as old, frayed bristles won’t clean your teeth properly.
You can minimize your trips to the dentist by staying on top of proper oral care, and changing your toothbrush regularly is an important way to do that. Here are some things to know about changing out your toothbrush.
When toothbrushes get old, the bristles get hard and can wear away your tooth enamel instead of gently cleaning it. In addition, old, worn bristles can’t reach as many places as a newer toothbrush. Many dentists recommend changing out your toothbrush every three months for best results.
You should also exercise proper toothbrush care in the meantime to prolong the life of your brush. Hold the toothbrush gently while cleaning your teeth, as brushing too forcefully can bend the bristles out of shape and wear it out more quickly.
It’s also important to choose the right toothbrush when it is time for a replacement. Opt for soft bristles over firmer ones, as they clean your mouth effectively without damaging your teeth or gums. You should also look for a smaller brush head if possible, as this will allow you to reach more areas of your mouth.
Our staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have about oral health. If you’d like more information, call our office today!