How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?February 13, 2021 8:57 am |
Do you remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush? While it may not seem like a big deal, using the same toothbrush for too long can have a negative impact on your oral health!
When to Replace Your Toothbrush
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush or brush head and changing it out every three months. Over time, the bristles collect bacteria, become frayed, and become less effective at removing bacteria and food debris. Check your toothbrush regularly for signs of wear to ensure it is working at full capacity!
Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush
If you’re in need of a new toothbrush, you may be wondering if you should go with manual or electric.
Manual toothbrushes are budget-friendly and easily accessible to purchase. They also come in a variety of colors and patterns to make your oral hygiene more interesting.
Many patients find they can get a better clean with less effort using an electric toothbrush. This is especially true for patients with braces, bridges, limited mobility, or a short attention span, and new parents who are chronically tired! Choose an electric toothbrush that vibrates every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch quadrants in your mouth. This way you know for sure when you’ve brushed long enough.
When choosing between manual and electric, it comes down to preference and your specific dental needs. If you have any questions about which type you should choose, we recommend consulting with our team at your next appointment. Both types of toothbrushes can effectively clean your smile when you brush properly!
Your At-Home Oral Hygiene Routine
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a fluoridated toothpaste. Remember to brush your tongue too! To clean between your teeth and under your gumline, floss at least once a day with string floss, a water flosser, and/or a floss pick. In conjunction with routine checkups and cleanings at our office, these at-home habits will help reduce your risk of dental disease.
Have questions about caring for your smile or choosing the right toothbrush? Contact Vista Ridge Family Dentistry for more information!