It is quite easy to get rid of your worn out clothes or your favourite pair of shoes as they start to lose their soles. But when it comes to a toothbrush, many of us are confused about the appropriate replacement timeline. Typically, most of us wait until the bristles are completely frayed and splayed, but is this really how long we need to wait to replace our toothbrush? Ideally, no! The next time you brush your teeth, if you find yourself asking whether it is time to change your toothbrush, here are some considerations that can help you make that decision.
According to a downtown Winnipeg dentist, it is advisable to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, whether the bristles look worn out or not. If you have been sick or if your toothbrush is stored close to other toothbrushes, you may have to replace your toothbrush more frequently. Your toothbrush bristles are a perfect indication of whether your brush needs to be changed. If the bristles appears frayed, it needs to be changed as soon as possible. Frayed bristles cannot clean your teeth and gums as efficiently, which can cause issues such as food impaction, bad breath, and tooth decay. Replacing your toothbrush will ensure that you are using a fresh bristled brush to clean away food particles and plaque, keeping your mouth healthy!
Another suggestion from Dr. Carly Hamilton at Upper Fort Dental is for children to change their toothbrushes more frequently than adults. This is because children not only tend to use their toothbrush more roughly but also tend to chew on the bristles if the toothpaste tastes good.
Depending on which type of toothbrush you have (manual or electronic), it is important to maintain it correctly. Make sure to thoroughly wash your toothbrush bristles under running water. Try to store your toothbrush in an upright position so that the bristles can dry properly. Also, ensure that you do not press the bristles too hard when brushing as it can cause tooth abrasion and gingival recession, as well as premature damage to the brush.
If you need additional advice on how to take care of your toothbrush, correct brushing techniques, or general oral health tips, feel free to contact Upper Fort Dental. You can also schedule an appointment for a dental checkup to see how you can improve your current dental health.