Keeping Your Toothbrush Healthy

Posted on 11/15/2019 by Karl Olson
Keeping Your Toothbrush HealthyMost people do not recognize the reasons it's time to change their toothbrush when it has only been three months. Research generally reveals a single toothbrush can have 10 million germs and parasites. Imagine how many stays embedded in the bristles past the 90-day mark.

Taking into consideration your brushing pressure and angle, combined with how you store of the brush, you may need to replace it sooner.

When to Get a New Toothbrush

When you have entered the cold and flu season, it should signal you to pick up another toothbrush. Once it's your turn to spend a few days in bed, throw that brush away following the illness. Virus and bacteria can hang around keeping you sick or releasing the sickness back into your system weeks later.  Pay close attention to the bristles.

When they are frayed, they won't clean teeth well. If you are granting more consideration to your health care, be proactive and get a soft-bristled tip. Repeated brushing by hard tipped bristles can result in removing enamel from your teeth.

Toothbrushes Staying Manual or Going Electric

There are your two main types of toothbrushes to choose from. Pick the one you'll stick to your oral routine with.  We recommend changing to an ADA electronic one that comes with multiple head attachments. They remove more plaque and you're more likely to switch the bristles out every 90 days by having many at hand.

Regardless of which one you go with, they both need replacing every 90 days and occasionally sooner. The American Dental Association recommends washing your toothbrush under the tap water after each brush to wash toothpaste, saliva, and as much bacteria away. Be sure to store your brush vertically so it will air dry quickly. If you have questions or would like more information regarding your oral care, call us today.

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