Your toothbrush is a dental tool that should be used at least twice a day to promote optimal oral health and fresh breath. However, if you are not diligent about replacing your toothbrush on a regular basis, your toothbrush can begin doing more harm than good in your mouth.
The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three months. Most people can get away with replacing their toothbrushes every six months, but that is the absolute longest you should use the same toothbrush. Ever wonder why your dentist gives you a new toothbrush (and floss) at the end of every dental cleaning? It is so you have a new toothbrush to replace your old one at home.
Your toothbrush is a tool that was specifically designed to brush away bacteria and food particles from the teeth. Bacteria naturally occur in the mouth in order to break down food particles left behind after eating. While these bacteria are helpful and natural, they only offer so much benefit before they become harmful. Bacteria that are left in the mouth will begin to eat away at the surfaces of the teeth causing a whole host of oral health care issues. These same damaging bacteria are the ones that can be found on your toothbrush.
Over time, the bacteria that are brushed away from your mouth will begin to build up on your toothbrush, making it a dirty object that you do not want to put back into your mouth. Rinsing your toothbrush under running tap water helps to wash away some of the bacteria, but it will not get rid of all of them. It is also important to note that anytime you are sick with a severe cold, strep throat, or the flu that your toothbrush should be replaced right away. Just like bacteria will grow, germs will also remain and grow on your toothbrush and can cause reinfection.
At Savannah Dental Care, we are genuinely concerned with your entire oral health. We will provide you with a brand new toothbrush after every dental cleaning to remind you that it is time to replace your old one. Call today to schedule an appointment. We provide excellent comprehensive dental care for the entire family.
Savannah Dental Care
Aubrey, TX 76227