When is it time for a new toothbrush?

| September 10, 2012

 

 

SHAKESPEARE WROTE,

“Parting is such sweet sorrow…”. But from everyone here at Grandview Dental Care, we can assure you that the sorrow part ends the second you start brushing with a new toothbrush.

Take A Look At Your Toothbrush

Are the bristles starting to look bent, worn, or frayed?  If so, it’s time for a new toothbrush. Has somebody else used your toothbrush (gross)? If so, they’ve contaminated it with the bacteria in their mouth—and if you use it, you’ll expose yourself to any disease or sickness they may have. So, it’s time for a new toothbrush.

The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Old toothbrushes lose their structural ability to thoroughly clean, and fraying bristles don’t clean well between your teeth. Fraying bristles can also be hard on your gums and can even cause damage to your gums.  And don’t forget that we will give you a new toothbrush at each cleaning visit.

Are You Storing Your Toothbrush Correctly?

    • Store it upright, and keep it out of contact with the bathroom counter.
    • Keep it out of contact with other people’s toothbrushes.
    • Keep it far away from the toilet splash zone (gross, again).
    • Make sure it dries between uses. Toothbrush covers are handy for travel, but at home your toothbrush needs to air dry.

When you get a new toothbrush, keep these tips in mind:

    • Get the size that fits in your mouth comfortably and reaches everywhere.
    • Hard bristles can wear enamel unnecessarily. Soft bristles are usually better.
    • The brand is not as important as your commitment to brushing correctly and regularly. If you have questions about how to do that, talk to our team at your next visit.

What Can You Do With That Old Toothbrush!?

Well, you could just throw it away. But that’s boring! There are all kinds of uses for old toothbrushes—like cleaning, painting, and yes, bracelet making!

Here are two videos that show you how to make a cool bracelet out of your old toothbrush. If you don’t want to do this yourself, do you have a child, niece, nephew, grandson, granddaughter, or neighbor that would have fun doing it? Share the idea, or invite them over and try it together!

Keep Up Your Great Oral Hygiene Habits!

It’s absolutely worth it!

And don’t miss your regular checkups. If you ever have any questions about toothbrushes or any other oral health topic, ask us, leave a comment below and we’ll quickly respond, or send us a message on our Facebook page!

Thanks, as always, for your continued trust and friendship.