toothbrushQ: So how often do I really need to change my toothbrush?

A: Well, the toothbrush companies say every 3 months!!!!  I don’t know about you, but I don’t know many people that go through 4 new toothbrushes a year.  Ironically, most of us actually do need to change our brushes every 3-4 months.  Think of your brush as a pair of shoes. If you run a lot, they wear out.   If you don’t keep your shoes clean, they start to stink from bacteria.  Your toothbrush is no different.  Here are some tips to make sure that brush is keeping your mouth it tip top condition,

  1. Rinse your brush thoroughly with water after brushing to remove debris.  
  2. Do not keep a cover on your brush head or store it in closed container.  The moist environment only facilitates bacterial growth.  So ditch that “travel toothbrush with the funny cover”.
  3. Do not share toothbrushes.  I don’t think I need to explain why.
  4. Toss your brush if you get a bad cold, bacterial or viral infection.  The last thing you want after a cold is getting it again because of you where to cheap to get a new toothbrush.
  5. Check your bristles! If your bristles are getting frayed, they are no longer effective.  This could be a result of an old toothbrush or applying too much pressure when you brush.

So keep it clean people!  If your brush looks dirty due to dried toothpaste or makeup dust, just image what is growing on a microscopic level.  Toothbrushes are cheap, so don’t try to save a nickel at the expense of you oral health.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 751-7177

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