Knowing When to Toss the Toothbrush




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Every day, perhaps two or three times a day, adults and children across the globe brush their teeth at the recommendation of their cosmetic dentist. With electronic toothbrushes, regular toothbrushes, toothbrushes with soft, medium, and firm bristles, toothbrushes with tongue cleaners, toothbrushes with massagers, toothbrushes with cartoon characters, travel toothbrushes, toothbrushes for people with braces, toothbrushes with cupped or domed bristles, and toothbrushes with various head sizes, people attempt to rid their teeth of grime, sugar build up, plaque, tartar and that annoying film caused by a popular fruity cereal from the stone age.  But regardless of toothbrush choice, it is important to understand that toothbrushes are not in and of themselves the solution to proper oral health and care. It is also important to regularly see your dentist and schedule appointments with your cosmetic dentist if cosmetic dentistry is needed. It is likewise important to understand when to toss that beloved toothbrush and go in search of a replacement.

While many people know about the colored strips built into toothbrush bristles that are indicators of when a toothbrush should be thrown away and replaced, not all toothbrushes have these fancy indicators and sometimes toothbrushes should be replaced before the indicators fade. Generally speaking, cosmetic dentists and oral healthcare professionals recommend changing your toothbrush every three months or when the toothbrush begins to show wear or when the indicators begin to fade, whichever comes first. If your toothbrush is bowing out due to hard brushing habits or extensive use, replace it. It is important to maintain strong bristles for proper tooth and gum health.

Likewise, to maintain proper oral health, it is important to replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold or illness. Bristles can accumulate germs which can lead to reinfection or further infection. If your family keeps your toothbrushes in a toothbrush holder or cup, and someone gets sick, get everyone a new toothbrush to prevent the cold from spreading. Quarantine the toothbrush of the cold-bearer until their symptoms have gone, then give them their new toothbrush. Knowing when to replace toothbrushes is just one of the many steps to proper oral health.

Proper oral health includes regular appointments with your cosmetic dentist or oral healthcare professional, and daily brushing and flossing. For more information on proper oral health, visit your favorite toothbrush company’s website or ask your local San Anotonio dentist about proper oral health and how your family can make oral health a priority to prevent future cosmetic dentistry needs.

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