Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
Nothing lasts forever, including your toothbrush. To make sure you are getting the most out of your tooth brushing time, be sure to regularly replace your toothbrush. Brushing with an old toothbrush is ineffective and can lead to a decline in your dental health.
How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Of course, there are times when you may want to replace your toothbrush sooner. For example, if you’ve recently been sick, it’s wise to replace your toothbrush once you’re well again. If your toothbrush is stored near other toothbrushes, it could help to replace your toothbrush more frequently than the recommended 3 to 4-month span. Another tip to see if your toothbrush needs replacing is to look at the bristles. If they’re frayed, it’s time for a new one. Frayed brushes don’t remove plaque effectively.
How to Maintain Your Toothbrush
To get the most out of your toothbrush, maintain it properly. The American Dental Association recommends rinsing the toothbrush under tap water after you brush to wash away lingering toothpaste and saliva. If a toothbrush is stored in a container and not allowed to air dry, it can contribute to bacteria building up on the brush. After rinsing the toothbrush, it is best to store it in a vertical position, with the bristles positioned so they can air dry.
Visit McKeel Family Dentistry to Maintain Dental Health
Making regular visits to your dentist is the key to maintaining good dental health. Dr. Michael L. McKeel, DMD., has almost 50 years of experience providing oral health services in the Gresham community. Our friendly staff is very family-oriented and are committed to helping our patients achieve the best possible dental care! Visit McKeel Family Dentistry in Gresham to meet the needs of your family’s complete oral health. We offer a wide range of dental services, including dental implants, exams and cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and much more.