New Year’s Resolution: Replace your toothbrush 3 times this year.

Does your toothbrush look like this?

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The American Dental Association recommends you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.  That means, at a minimum, you should replace your toothbrush 3 times per year.

Toothbrushes will not clean effectively, and perhaps even damage gums and teeth, if they are worn.   Toothbrushes also harbor bacteria if not properly rinsed and air-dried after use.  Do not store your toothbrush with a cap on the end for extended periods of time.

If you find your toothbrush looks like the one above in less than 3 months, you may be an aggressive brusher, and should consider purchasing a rechargeable brush such as the Oral B Genius, which has a pressure-alert system built into the handle!  Watch this:

If you choose a regular, non-powered brush, remember to select one with the ADA seal of acceptance and choose SOFT.  Using a medium or hard bristle brush can brush away more than just the plaque, it can brush away your gum and tooth structure.

So remember:

  • Replace your toothbrush a minimum of 3 times per year
  • Brush with an ADA seal approved SOFT brush
  • Brush 2 minutes twice a day and floss before bed
  • Brush with fluoridated ADA seal accepted toothpaste
  • See your dentist, at a minimum, once per year

 

 

 

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