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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

As I stand over my sink and contemplate the frayed bristles of my number one toothbrush, I wonder if I should replace it.

It’s a good question. We all brush our teeth daily. Like a good pair of jeans, it seems the more we use a toothbrush, the more comfortable it gets.

As it turns out, that’s not a good thing when it comes to brushing your teeth.

The angle of the bristles on your toothbrush is an important part of cleaning. Straight bristles scrub your teeth and flex your gums. A light circular motion is enough to clean your teeth without causing damage.

Flat or frayed bristles are less efficient and can even cause you to work harder. Pressing harder on your teeth can cause damage.

So how often should you change your toothbrush?

Anyone who has worried about changing the oil in their car has learned this basic rule of thumb; change your oil every three months. It’s the same with your toothbrush.

Most dental professionals recommend a new toothbrush every three months. Your local Elgin Illinois dental professionals at David A. Rice, DDS do, too.

The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush “every three to four months.”

The reasons to replace your toothbrush include worn bristles and bacteria. Worn bristles, as we have discussed, are less effective.

Bacteria can also be built up in the small gaps of your toothbrush and may contribute to decay and bad breath. Make sure you keep your toothbrush in a sanitary location. Allow for good drying to help extend its life.

Regardless of how long it’s been, if the bristles on your toothbrush look like they’re trying to get away from each other, it’s time. Otherwise, change your toothbrush at the start of every new Illinois season to keep it fresh and effective.

CONTACT DAVID A. RICE, DDS:

847-908-4477

LOCATION (TAP TO OPEN IN GOOGLE MAPS):

1972 LARKIN AVE #1
ELGIN, IL
60123

Memberships & Associations

Dr. David Rice, DDS, KOIS Center Clinical Instructor membership page The American Academy of Restorative Dentistry membership logo for Dr. Rice, DDS Elgin dentist Dr. David Rice is a member of the American Dental Association Illinois State Dental Society membership badge for Dr. David Rice, DDS

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