You may think that the general guideline of replacing your toothbrush every three to four months is perfectly fine but you don’t necessarily pay close attention to it! You figure it’s one of those things that’s beneficial but that’s not necessarily a powerful life-changing factor in your general oral health experience. However, our Virginia Beach, VA team begs to differ! As a matter of fact, maintaining a highly effective brush that isn’t broken down can work wonders. Consider some helpful information.
Write Down The Date You Begin
You may think to yourself, “Well, how am I supposed to know how old my toothbrush is? I can’t really remember when I start with a new one.” It’s easy. For this part of your preventive care, simply remember to keep a list going or to designate a place where you make notes about your smile. You can also write down the date you began on the toothbrush itself with a permanent marker! As long as you’ve recorded that date, you’ll know when to purchase a replacement, so your dental hygiene continues to provide you with powerful cleansing and oral health protection.
What’s The Big Deal?
A new toothbrush (remember to purchase one with soft bristles) has bristles that are completely effective! Over time, however, they break down and are no longer helping you remove as much plaque as you were first enjoying when you opened the package. Get far past that four-month mark and you may be developing more tartar, bad breath, and other issues. Why not remove as much plaque as possible by keeping up with a fresh brush? It offers you significant help in avoiding the development of oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease!
When Your Brush Is Destroyed Sooner Than That
You may laugh at the idea of a toothbrush that’s just winding down in its effectiveness around the three or four-month mark because long before then, your toothbrushes display bristles that are clearly broken down, frayed, smashed up, and you’re guessing they’re probably not very effective. We have a couple things to say about this:
- When you see signs of damage, replace the brush right away
- Talk with us about this the next time we see you for a dental checkup; you are probably brushing too hard and need to review your approach with our team, so you protect your oral health rather than harm it
Enjoy Your Best Dental Hygiene
Make sure that you’re supporting, rather than undermining, your dental hygiene by closely following our suggestions for your toothbrush! Ask us questions about replacement and more during your next visit. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach and all surrounding communities.