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How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

May 31 2019

How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Many dental professionals recommend changing your toothbrush every three months or so, especially once the bristles are frayed.

No matter what type of toothbrush you use, frayed bristles mean the brush is losing its effectiveness. Clinical research shows that a new toothbrush can remove more plaque than one that’s worn out, making sure that your brush is working its hardest to help keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Change Your Toothbrush Head When You Are Sick

Toothbrush bristles do not kill bacteria in the mouth, protect you against disease or prevent you from getting sick. So be sure to change your brush regularly and to practice diligent hygiene, despite the type of toothbrush you’re using.

Types of toothbrushes

There are two styles of toothbrushes to consider: manual and electric. A manual toothbrush is portable and ready to use every time you need it. You will have complete control over the amount of pressure it when brushing your teeth and gums.

An electric toothbrush requires charging and is a bit more inconvenient to take along when traveling. However, the rotating movement of the bristles makes it easier to clean between teeth and at the gum line. Many electric toothbrushes have built-in sensors to make sure you brush long enough and don’t press too hard.

Storing a toothbrush in a closed container can cause bacteria to build up, so it’s best to let the bristles of the toothbrush fully dry between each usage.

To maximise your dental health, be sure to include a good flossing routine. Talk to your dentist about any problems that may arise during brushing such as sore or bleeding gums, and remember to go for regular dental checkups.

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