Most of us are fully aware of just how important it is to brush our teeth at least two times a day. Although you may follow this advice religiously, chances are your diligent efforts are being defeated if your toothbrush is past its prime. Buying a brand new toothbrush on a regular basis will go a long way to making sure that your pearly whites are getting a thorough cleaning.
Listed below are some things to keep in mind when trying to determine whether or not it is time for you to replace your toothbrush.
Examining the bristles of your toothbrush is one of the best ways to determine if your toothbrush is still effective. Ideally, the bristles will be firm, clean, and still as straight as they were when you first bought it. If the bristles look worn down or flat, then you need to buy a new toothbrush.
Additionally, your toothbrush needs to be clean. If you do not clean your toothbrush properly after every use, then used toothpaste residue and food particles will stay stuck to the bristles. If you try rinsing and/or boiling your toothbrush and it still looks dingy, dirty, or used then it’s time to chuck it in the garbage.
Making sure that you store your toothbrush the correct way will also help it to last longer. It should be stored in a standing position when it’s not in use. It is also important to ensure that the bristles are able to dry fully. If you are keeping your toothbrush enclosed in a box, bristle protractor, or travel tube, then you most likely need to buy a new toothbrush as these environments don’t allow moisture to escape and allow oral bacteria to develop.
Even though brushing and flossing are two different parts of your daily dental care routine, both need to be done for thorough teeth cleaning. Flossing helps to clean your teeth and it removes and particles of food that might have been left behind by your toothbrush, which does not clean in between your teeth as effectively. This extra step helps to kick your oral health up a notch and helps to prevent the growth of dental plaque and bacteria.
The American Dental Association suggests buying a new toothbrush once every three to four months, assuming that the toothbrush is still in good condition and not exhibiting any of the signs of wear listed above. Using a brand new toothbrush will also help to prevent the growth of bacteria while getting your teeth as clean as they can be.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San area Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.