Unless you are the type of person who has a calendar reminder for just about everything that you do, you may not remember the last time you switched out your toothbrush. However, according to the American Dental Association, you should be swapping out your old toothbrush for a new replacement every three to four months on average. So, why is it so important to switch out your toothbrush so frequently? Let’s delve a little deeper.
You may not realize it, but your toothbrush is a nesting spot for germs and bacteria which can cause oral issues like tooth decay and infections. By getting a new toothbrush every couple of months, you cut down on how much bacteria is spread from your toothbrush to your mouth.
After a couple of months, if you take a close look at your toothbrush, you probably notice that your bristles are a little disheveled and out of place which means that they aren’t able to clean your teeth as well. By changing your toothbrush from an old one to a new one, however, you can get your teeth cleaner in no time.
If you notice that our toothbrush bristles are getting rayed before the average three to four-month mark, make sure you replace it sooner than later.
Taking good care of your oral health starts with a few simple steps like using a new toothbrush, using fluoride toothpaste, visiting the dentist twice a year, and flossing multiple times a day. If you want to learn more about easy ways that you can take better care of your oral health, schedule a dental cleaning with Dr. Nazila Bidabadi at Soft Touch Dentistry. Call our Brighton office today at (617) 782-9250.