It May Be Time to Throw Out Your Toothbrush

houston dentist toothbrushesIt is standard to swap your old toothbrush for a new one when you’ve been using it for three or four months. Replacing your old toothbrush with a new one will clean your teeth more effectively, and prevent oral problems such as gum disease, decay, and bad breath. However, there are some situations that should be a sign to change out your old toothbrush for a new one.

Signs You Need a New Toothbrush:

  • Your Toothbrush Bristles – If your toothbrush bristles have lost its rigidity or color, it’s time for a new toothbrush. Are you seeing toothpaste buildup? This is another sign that you replace your old toothbrush, this buildup harbors tons of bacteria.
  • Dropping It – We brush our teeth in one of the dirtiest rooms in our house. If you’ve dropped your toothbrush in the sink, even if for a few seconds, it can pick up bacteria. Time for a new toothbrush.
  • Sharing a Bathroom – The second your toothbrush touches someone else’s, your toothbrush is swapping hosts of different bacteria with the other toothbrush. How sick will you get? It depends on how close you are.
  • Traveling – If your toothbrush has been in a closed container for more than one day, throw it out. It is important to let your toothbrush dry as fully and as quickly as possible, this is to prevent grimy growth. Look for something with ventilation or throw it in the dishwasher, the heat will kill the bacteria growth.

Making it a habit to replace your toothbrush every three months is just as important as brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Bacteria growth can lead to problems such as gum disease or decay. Scheduling your bi-annual appointment is just as important, so don’t forget to give us a call at Greenspoint Dental.