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When it comes to practicing good oral hygiene, there are multiple steps you can take. Habits like brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day, limiting sugar intake, avoiding tobacco, and scheduling routine examinations will protect your teeth from unwanted plaque buildup that can lead to tooth decay and other painful problems. But did you know that brushing your teeth regularly will only be effective if your toothbrush is in good condition? Here are our answers to common questions that ensure your toothbrush is doing its job and your mouth stays healthy.

1: How often should I change my manual toothbrush?

According to the CDC, you should swap out your old toothbrush for a new one every three to four months. Over time, the bristles on your toothbrush become frayed and worn down. This means they will not adequately brush away debris and plaque on your teeth. Brushing your teeth for an extended time with frayed bristles puts you at risk for gum disease and tooth decay.

2: How often should I change the head of my electric toothbrush?

Because the bristles on the head of an electric toothbrush are much shorter than a manual toothbrush, you should replace the head every 3 months or less. As soon as you notice the bristles are worn, it’s time to swap them out.

3: How do I take care of my toothbrush?

Your toothbrush will last longer if you take good care of it. Use this checklist as a reminder of proper toothbrush care and be sure to teach your little ones how to manage their toothbrush correctly.

  • Do not store your toothbrush in a place where it will come into contact with another toothbrush. This prevents germs from spreading.
  • Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container. This encourages the growth of bacteria and mold that could then harm your mouth.
  • Do not share your toothbrush with anyone.
  • Do not use mouthwash, soap, or disinfectant to clean your toothbrush. If it needs to be cleaned, it’s time to replace it.
  • Always rinse off your toothbrush after brushing your teeth.

The health of your teeth and gums impacts your overall health. You can easily avoid cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath by brushing your teeth regularly with a toothbrush in peak condition. To further protect your smile and promote good oral hygiene, schedule an appointment with Atkins and Anderson Dentistry for a routine cleaning and examination. We’re here for the whole family!


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