While we typically all get a new toothbrush from the dentist on our 6-month cleaning, is that when you are supposed to change out your toothbrush? We thought it was time to let everyone know how often and why you would change out your toothbrush.
Your toothbrush is used to get plaque and food out and around your teeth. If you think about it, it can get kind of gross. If your toothbrush ends up really gross, change it then, of course, these are simply guides. Some people will want to change more often, which is fine. The point is that you actually change out the toothbrush and don’t use the same one for a year or years in some cases.
How often will also depend on how often you brush your teeth. While some people only brush their teeth once or twice a day, others will brush after each and every meal. If you are a person that brushes several times a day, your toothbrush will wear out more quickly. You will have to change out your toothbrush every 12-16 weeks, in this case. The bristles will eventually start to fray and when that happens the fibers aren’t strong enough to clean your teeth properly.
Follow your electric toothbrush’s recommendations
If you use an electric toothbrush, you should follow the instructions of that particular manufacturer. Of course, you will need to use the guide of how often and a little common sense. Usually, though, the electric toothbrushes will have color on their bristles. When the color is worn off, it is time for a new head. This will wear off more quickly for those that are using their toothbrush more.
Electric toothbrush heads can be a little expensive. However, if you try to stretch it you are not doing your teeth any favors. They are made to vibrate and rotate rapidly, which means that they will most likely wear rather quickly. Electric toothbrushes can certainly be an effective tool, however, when used properly.
While some people think they should get rid of their toothbrushes after being sick, this simply isn’t true. Yes, your toothbrush will house germs. However, they are germs that your body has built up antibodies to. This means that you will not reinfect yourself should you use it. However, if you house your toothbrush with your families, you could infect them. Try to keep your toothbrushes from touching.
How to clean your toothbrush of germs.
Also, you can rinse your toothbrush with some mouthwash to clean it well, then run it underwater. The alcohol in the mouthwash will disinfect the toothbrush, should you feel it necessary.
Make sure the bristles on your toothbrush remain stiff and springy. As you use it the bristles will wear down and become softer overtime. This is a good sign that it is time to invest in a new toothbrush. Also, check between the bristles. Over time gunk can build up at the base of the bristle. This gunk can be a breeding ground for bacteria. If you have gunk, it is time for a new toothbrush ASAP.
We do recommend that you purchase a new toothbrush and always have one on hand. After all, you never know when you might notice that it’s time for a replacement. It is better to be prepared than not.
How often should I brush my teeth?
While twice a day is the best, we want to see you brush at least once a day. If you only do it once a day, try to do it before bedtime. Otherwise, the morning and night are the best time. While some people like to brush after each meal, this isn’t necessary.
What toothbrush should I use?
A little overwhelmed in the toothbrush aisle? We understand, there are so many. But, really it comes down to personal preference. Just pick one that you like the feel of and don’t be shy to try something different.
How should I store my toothbrush?
In a nice clean and dry area where it can dry out and not harbor bacteria growth.