We use our toothbrushes several times a day, but when was the last time you changed your toothbrush out for a new one? Most men and women throw out food that has expired and restock certain medications after a certain period of time. However, many patients forget about the tooth we use to maintain our oral health, and how often they should be replaced.
When should I change out my toothbrush?
The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends patients change their toothbrush every three months. This is because a toothbrush experiences normal wear and tear, just like anything else we use every day. When the toothbrush is worn or frayed, it is no longer effectively removing plaque, tartar, sugars, and acids from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. Most patients will notice dramatic changes in their toothbrushes around the three month mark, which is a great indication that the toothbrush should be replaced with a new one.
Additionally, patients should also consider the need to change out a toothbrush due to the spread of germs. Bacteria can hide within the bristles of the toothbrush. When you have had a recent cold, flu, or other condition and you do not replace your toothbrush, you are putting yourself at risk of reinfection. In other situations, the physical appearance of the toothbrush will be an indication to change it. A toothbrush that has frayed and broken bristles will need replacement sooner rather than later.
What will happen if I do not replace my toothbrush often?
It’s no surprise that bacteria, mold, and fungus can build up on a toothbrush over time, especially since they are stored in a moist room such as a bathroom. Patients put themselves at risk of developing cavities and disease when their toothbrush is no longer effective, and may also reinfect themselves with an illness or with mold that can make you sick.
Do you want to educate yourself further on dental health?
Contact Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team today to discuss the advantages of caring for your smile! The practice is conveniently located at 12505-A Lake Ridge Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia and can be reached to request an appointment at (703) 490-5888.