Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric one, over time the bristles become less effective at cleaning your teeth. So, how often do you change your toothbrush or electric brush head? Continue reading to find out!
When to Know It’s Time
At Snow Family Dentistry, we recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Additionally, you should consider getting a new toothbrush sooner if you have been sick or if your toothbrush is stored close to other toothbrushes.
When in doubt, we also suggest looking at your toothbrushes’ bristles. If they are frayed, they won’t clean teeth as thoroughly. Most children brush harder than adults, and therefore have to have their toothbrushes replaced more often.
Different Types of Toothbrushes
There are two styles of toothbrushes to consider, including manual and electric. At Snow Family Dentistry, we suggest choosing what feels comfortable and makes you want to brush your teeth regularly.
For instance, a manual toothbrush is portable and ready to use every time you need it. It makes no noise, and you will have complete control over the pressure it puts on your teeth and gums. However, it might not clean as effectively as an electric toothbrush. The rotating movement of the bristles makes it easier for electric toothbrushes 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.
Maintaining Your Toothbrush
No matter which type of toothbrush you use, you need to keep it clean. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends rinsing your toothbrush under tap water after you brush to wash away lingering toothpaste and saliva. After you are done, store your toothbrush in a vertical position, with the bristles positioned so they can air dry.
This is because storing a toothbrush in a closed container can cause bacteria to build up, therefore it’s best to let the bristles of your toothbrush fully dry between each use. At Snow Family Dentistry, we even recommend using disposable toothbrushes if you’re traveling.
Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry
Interested in learning more about proper toothbrush hygiene or care? Schedule an appointment with us today!