When To Toss Your Toothbrush

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, 7:40 pm

A toothbrush that is used properly gets a pretty good workout each day so it is a good idea to toss the old brush more often than you might think. How often should you replace your toothbrush? Is it safe to wait until the dental hygienist gives you a new one every six months?

You should toss your toothbrush at least every 3 to 4 months.  If you see the bristles begin to look worn – time to get a new toothbrush because frayed bristles cannot clean the teeth and gums as well. If you have been sick it is probably a good time to open the package on a new toothbrush. Viruses and bacteria can live quite happily on a toothbrush for days, or even weeks.

Keeping It Clean

Toothbrushes pick up oral bacteria after every use but we don’t usually think too much about cleaning our toothbrush. A good rinse with tap water will remove debris from your brush and storing it upright in a rack or cup will give it an opportunity to dry out. A wet brush can foster bacterial growth so don’t shove it in a drawer!  If you have an immune disorder you might want to soak your brush in an antibacterial mouthwash or try one of the toothbrush sanitizers on the market.

If you notice that your new toothbrush is looking a little frazzled after just a few weeks of use you are probably brushing too hard. Scrubbing away at your teeth can wear away tooth enamel leaving teeth susceptible to decay and giving them a yellow appearance. Gentle brushing, for 2 full minutes, with a soft-bristle toothbrush will clean your teeth and gums without causing damage. If you aren’t sure about your brushing style, ask your hygienist to show you the proper technique during your next regular visit.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-931-8777 to schedule your next visit to our beautiful Toccoa, GA office.



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