Many people don’t often think about replacing their toothbrush. If it seems to be working well and doing its job, you may think there’s no need to buy a new one. However, there are many good reasons to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If you aren’t replacing yours regularly, you may be overdue to get a new toothbrush.
Keeping Clean: Reasons to Replace Your Toothbrush
It’s often hard to tell when your toothbrush is past its prime. It may look and feel like it’s doing its job. However, there are many things that you can’t see that impact how effective your toothbrush is, such as:
- Because of their direct contact with your mouth, toothbrushes are riddled with germs and bacteria. The longer you use a toothbrush, the more germs build up in the bristles, making you vulnerable to infections.
- Toothbrushes pick up household germs. If you or a family member has recently been sick, replace all toothbrushes in the house.
- Even though it may still look up to par, toothbrushes that have been used for more than forty days are significantly less able to clear plaque from your teeth, leaving you vulnerable to cavities and gum disease.
What to Look for in Your Next Toothbrush
Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day is the most important part of your at-home hygiene regimen. When you’re ready to replace your toothbrush and are wondering what type is right for you, consider the following:
- Electric Toothbrushes
- Electric toothbrushes remove much more plaque from your teeth than manual toothbrushes. If you have gum disease or are prone to plaque buildup, they are a great option for you.
- If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, electric toothbrushes to a great job of removing particles from between your braces or other orthodontic appliances.
- Since electric toothbrushes don’t require the same amount of movement sd manual toothbrushes, they are a good option for people with limited mobility, such as those with carpal tunnel or arthritis.
- Manual Toothbrushes
- Manual toothbrushes are much cheaper than their electric counterparts and can be purchased in many places.
- Manual toothbrushes are far more portable and don’t require a charge to work.
Regardless of which type of toothbrush you choose, the most important thing is to make sure that your brush is doing its job. After three or four months, replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head. Staying on top of your oral hygiene through regular toothbrush replacement will keep you smiling for a long time.
About the Author
Dr. L. King Scott is a lifelong learner. He has spent decades continuing his education to provide the absolute best care for his patients. He is the proud recipient of the Academy of General Dentistry’s Lifelong Service and Recognition Award, the highest honor it can give. Having spent so much time learning about dentistry, Dr. Scott recognizes just how important it is to take care of your oral health at home. If you’d like to learn more about optimal oral hygiene, he and his team are here to help via email and over the phone at (318) 325-4600.