While New Year celebrations are being planned and holiday sweets are being consumed, who has time to worry about their teeth. But your teeth are one of the things that need to be taken care of in the new year. When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, now is the time to replace it!
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
Most dentists say you should change your toothbrush every three to four months. You should get a new toothbrush sooner if you are sick or if the brush wears out and looks frayed. If your toothbrush is frayed, it won’t work to clean your mouth properly. Children should have their brushes changed more often than their parents because they often brush more rigorously than adults do.
Why Change Your Toothbrush?
Studies have shown that after three months of normal daily wear-and-tear your toothbrush becomes less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums. Just like socks that become worn out, toothbrush bristles become stretched out and are unable to form around your teeth that they once did. These bristles break down and lose their effectiveness. Old toothbrushes not only lose their effectiveness but they also contain bacteria and even fungus that could make you sick.
Taking Care of Your Toothbrush
Just like any other instrument around your home, using a wet toothbrush is not healthy for you. Make sure you let your toothbrush completely dry out between uses. After using a toothbrush, shake it under the tap water to help remove the germs, fungus, and bacteria from your brush then store it in an upright position to air it out. Be sure not to let your brush come into contact with other brushes stored nearby. Using a slotted toothbrush holder will allow your toothbrush to dry and avoid coming into contact with other toothbrushes.
Toothbrushes can make a great stocking stuffer for your holiday celebration. They might not be a fun as a new toy, but neither is gum disease. Talk to your family about the importance of maintaining their teeth and you will have a happy holiday! For more information on oral health, contact your Annapolis Dental Care dentist today!
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