Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise offers helpful tips about toothbrushes. How often should your replace your toothbrush?
The angle of the bristles on your toothbrush are 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, from well-used brushes, are less efficient and can even cause you to work harder. Pressing harder on your teeth can cause damage.
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.
We recommend you replace your brush every 3 months. Replace it sooner if you’ve had a cold or flu.
The reasons to replace your toothbrush includes worn bristles and bacteria. Worn bristles, as we have discussed, are less effective.
Bacteria can also 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 California season to keep it fresh and effective.
Blaisdell family Dentistry wants to make sure our patients get regular checkups and cleanings from us, and practice good oral health in between. We offer general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and root canals and endodontics. Call us today for an appointment!
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