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How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

How often you should replace your toothbrush depends a lot on your mouth’s conditions and how often you use your toothbrush. Brushing your teeth at least twice per day is widely recommended by dentists. Brushing more frequently than this may wear your toothbrush faster. Of course, the goal here is not to extend your toothbrush’s lifespan but rather that of your teeth. To help you do so, Thornton Park Dental Arts has a few tips on how often you should toss your toothbrush when used regularly and when to toss it early.

For the best tooth care regimen, remember to schedule professional teeth cleaning at least once a year. Even if you have porcelain veneers, it’s essential to care for them as if they were your natural teeth. Schedule a consultation with Thornton Park Dental Arts today!

Mom & Child Brushing Teeth

Check The Bristles

Straight bristles work best to clean the curved surfaces and spaces between your teeth. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t buy a toothbrush with slanted or cross bristles. However, if your toothbrush’s bristles are starting to curl or change shape in any way, it’s no longer effectively cleaning your teeth and gums. With regular use, you’ll most likely start noticing the change around the three-month mark. You should also check the stiffness of the bristles. If the bristles are no longer stiff, that means they won’t effectively brush aside plaque and food particles, making your tooth brushing sessions almost moot.

You’ve Been Sick

Hopefully, you’ve been well enough to keep up a regular oral health routine while you’ve been under the weather, but once you’re on the mend, you should ditch that toothbrush for a new one. That’s because germs and bacteria from your illness can actually stay alive on your toothbrush and continue to spread. If a family member was sick and uses the same bathroom as you, it’s also a good idea to ditch your toothbrush along with theirs. Germs can spread through the air, or their toothbrush may have come in contact with yours if you store them in the same spot. Better to be safe than sorry.

It Hasn’t Been Properly Stored

After using your toothbrush, you should rinse it thoroughly with tap water and store it in an upright position so that it can dry from the bristles down and the handle has limited contact with surfaces. However, this isn’t always possible. Perhaps you’ve just moved and haven’t finished unpacking, or you’ve been storing your toothbrush in a travel container while on vacation. Dark and wet toothbrush containers make for the perfect conditions for germs and bacteria to grow. Once life returns to normal, make sure that you replace your toothbrush. Also, if your toothbrush has fallen on the floor, replace it immediately.

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