Is It Time to Change Your Toothbrush?
Do you regularly change your toothbrush? Many people can overlook this small but important task and use the same toothbrush beyond the recommended period of time. Here’s how often you should replace your toothbrush (or brush head if you use an electric toothbrush) and why it’s essential.
How often should I swap my toothbrush (or brush head) for a new one?
The American Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush or brush head every three to four months. If the bristles are frayed, it’s time for a replacement. Children’s toothbrushes may need to be replaced more frequently than adult ones.
If you see a dark substance on your brush, it could be mold, and you should change your brush immediately.
What’s wrong with using an older brush?
Older brushes tend to be less effective when it comes to cleaning your teeth. Toothbrushes and brush heads sustain regular wear and tear, and so it’s just a matter of time before it’s time to retire them. Another reason why older brushes should be replaced is that they can harbor bacteria and fungus, especially if they have not been cared for well.
Besides the risks that come with bacteria and fungus, you can risk gum damage or even gingivitis due to ineffective cleaning.
Having trouble deciding on what toothbrush is best for you? Contact our team at Archbold Family Dental to discuss recommendations.