When To Change A Toothbrush

You usually know when to replace most things that wear out. Holes in shoes or faded fabric signal the end of the item’s natural life, but what about your toothbrush? You use your toothbrush every day, but is there an optimum time to change it for a new one?

Is Your Toothbrush Past Its Prime?

It’s easy to take the things you use every day for granted, and your toothbrush is no exception. It’s something you use when you are in a rush in the morning or just before you go to sleep — these are times of the day when toothbrush maintenance may be furthest from your mind. Fortunately, those clever people at the American Dental Association have done the math for you and recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Toothbrush wear and tear is one thing, but if you have been sick, it is also recommended that you invest in a new brush. Bacteria can lurk on toothbrush bristles for a long time, increasing the risk of cross-contamination with other brushes or reinfection.

Choosing a New Toothbrush

There are two types of toothbrush to choose from — manual and electric. An electric toothbrush usually comes with a range of replaceable brush heads, and these should be replaced in the same time frame as a manual brush. The good news is that you can buy brush heads in bulk, and there are usually some good savings to be found online.
While electric toothbrushes are great in the home, they are a little cumbersome to take when traveling, and this is where a manual toothbrush is a much better idea. If you need to buy toothbrushes for the whole family, choose brushes in different colors and in the right age grouping. Children (and some adults too) love choosing their own brushes, so turn this chore into a fun shopping trip.

Taking Care of Your New Brush

Once you’ve invested in a brand-new toothbrush, there are ways you can care for it to ensure it gives you months of reliable use as well as outstanding tooth and gum care. Between brushes, ensure that your toothbrush is stored somewhere clean and away from other brushes. If you really want a clean brush, consider a special brush cleaner or rinse it with antibacterial mouthwash.
Call McKenzie Family Dental today for a consultation or a check-up!  We are focused on being the dental choice for Hannibal, MO and the surrounding areas.
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