Brushing our teeth twice daily has become a habit for us that sometimes, we don’t realize that we’ve been using the same toothbrush for longer than necessary. As your Northfield dentist, Dr. Adams wants to make sure that you are replacing your toothbrush when the time comes. Some reasons you should swap for a new one include:
Wear And Tear On Bristles
If your toothbrush’s bristles have been frayed or bend, are stiff or falling out, you need a new brush. When your bristles are not standing up straight, they will not be as effective when it comes to removing plaque and other particles from your teeth.
Were You Recently Sick?
When you are sick, it’s important to stick with your brushing routine. However, your toothbrush will now be exposed to extra germs that you’ve contracted, and once you are healthy again, your toothbrush may still have those germs. Avoid reintroducing the germs to your mouth and purchase a new toothbrush once you are no longer sick.
Can’t Remember Last Replacement
Have you been using the same toothbrush for so long that you cannot remember when you purchased it? In this case, it’s definitely time you swap out for a new one. According to the American Dental Association, you should be replacing your toothbrush around every four months, or sooner if you see frayed bristles.
We can help you find out what type of toothbrush you should be using when you are ready for a replacement. Dr. Adams, your Northfield dentist, is ready to help you improve your smile for the warm, summer months. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!