We all know that it’s important to brush our teeth twice per day. But is your toothbrush still cleaning your teeth properly? Regularly replacing your toothbrush and caring for it in between brushes will help your toothbrush to do its job. Keep reading to learn toothbrush care tips from the experts.
Knowing When It’s Time For a New Brush
According to the ADA (American Dental Association), you should change your toothbrush every 3 months. If you use an electric toothbrush, you should change the bristle heads just as often. Regularly changing your toothbrush (or toothbrush heads) will help your toothbrush to work more effectively as old, damaged bristles do not properly clean your teeth and gums. Old toothbrushes also hold onto excess bacteria.
Toothbrush Care Tips
Caring for your toothbrush will help to keep your teeth as clean as possible. Always thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after usage, making sure that no toothpaste residue is left in the bristles. Toothbrushes should then air-dry completely before their next use. Standing the brushes up in a toothbrush holder will help them to dry faster. Also, be sure not to share your toothbrush!
Maintaining Your Oral Health
Regular brushing is just one part of a healthy oral care routine. Visiting the dentist every six months allows you to receive professional teeth cleanings, disease screenings, x-rays and more. To schedule a dental checkup and cleaning today, call Pearland Family Dentistry at 832-649-7344.