Replacing Your Toothbrush
It’s relatively easy to know when to replace worn out clothes, or an old pair of shoes, or even a tube of toothpaste. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your toothbrush? Many say that you should follow a rigid schedule on replacement, but there are a few factors in play. It depends on personal preference, usage, and your oral health. Before you brush your teeth again, consider whether it’s time to refresh your brush.
On average, most people will replace a toothbrush every 3-4 months. It’s important to replace a toothbrush sooner if you’ve been sick recently. When in doubt, check the bristles for signs of wear. If they are frayed, they will not clean teeth as thoroughly and should be replaced sooner. Also, because children tend to brush with more vigor than adults, their brushes may need to be swapped out sooner.
As you may already know, there are two types of toothbrushes: electric and manual. It’s best to choose a model that is comfortable and makes you want to brush your teeth on a regular basis. Obviously, each type of brush has its own pros and cons. A manual brush is very portable, quiet and requires no batteries or power. You also have complete control over the amount of pressure applied when using a manual brush. However, an electric brush requires charging and is a bit bulkier to carry when travelling. The rotating of the bristles helps to clean between teeth and the gum line, and many electronic toothbrushes have sensors or timers built in to let you know when it’s been a full two minutes and you can stop brushing!
If you have any other questions or concerns about your toothbrush, ask your specialist at your next visit or give us a call at 508-872-4897 to schedule an appointment.