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Replacing other essentials is pretty straightforward, but when should you replace your toothbrush? Find out why this certain hygiene-helper has an expiration date.


When to toss your toothbrush

Dental professionals recommend that you change your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you use an electric brush) once every 3-4 months. This isn’t necessarily due to bacterial growth, but more because of the way bristles wear over time. Around 3-4 months, your toothbrush bristles are simply not doing their job. If, however, you notice your toothbrush bristles fraying before the 3-month mark, go ahead and change your brush early.

Bacterial growth is actually of very little concern when it comes to toothbrushes. As long as your brush dries completely between uses, you have no reason to fear! Besides, research shows that toothpaste contains bacteria-killing agents.

Toothbrush types

When choosing a toothbrush, find something that feels comfortable and makes you want to brush regularly. While you have two styles to choose from–manual and electric–there are a variety of options to choose from within those categories. So don’t feel like you have to buy one off the shelf at your local store! Feel free to look online, and don’t be afraid to try one of each before you decide.

Manual   

These toothbrushes are very travel-friendly, make no noise, and give you total control over the pressure you put on your teeth. They come in all shapes and sizes and are quite inexpensive!

Electric

These toothbrushes commonly come with sensors and timers to help you brush long enough and control the pressure you place on your teeth. They also are made to thoroughly clean in between your teeth and along your gum line, two places that a manual toothbrush may not quite reach. These do require charging and are a bit more difficult to travel with, but tend to pay off in a number of ways!

Soft bristle

For the average person, a soft bristle is the most comfortable and smartest choice when it comes to choosing the right toothbrush for you. Though hard bristle brushes remove more plague – they are also known for wearing away at your teeth’s enamel! If you have any questions, speak with us and we’ll help you decide on the best toothbrush for your oral care needs.

Maintaining your toothbrush

The ADA suggests rinsing your toothbrush after brushing to remove saliva, toothpaste, and bacteria, and placing it in an upright position so it can air-dry quickly.

If you need a new toothbrush and have not had a dental checkup in some time, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly and skilled dental staff!
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