Brushing your teeth twice each day should be an essential part of your daily dental routine. Proper brushing will ensure that your smile is healthy and beautiful. An important part of proper brushing is using a clean and well-maintained toothbrush. So, how do you know that your toothbrush is past its expiration date? In today’s blog, Parkcrest Dental Group explains the telling signs, so you know when to throw your toothbrush away.
Every 3-4 Months
Once your toothbrush has undergone 3-4 months of use, it is probably time to buy a new one. Why every 3-4 months, you may ask?
- After months of use, your toothbrush may be damaged, with broken or missing bristles.
- Bacteria can grow inside your toothbrush, causing dental problems like halitosis.
- Older toothbrushes simply can’t remove plaque as well as new toothbrushes.
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After You’re Sick
Brushing your teeth while you’re sick can make your mouth feel clean and healthy, even when the rest of you might not. If you’ve been dealing with strep throat or the flu, you should toss out your toothbrush once you get better. The bacteria and germs from your illness can linger on your toothbrush and cause you to become sick again. So, always make sure to buy a new toothbrush when you overcome an illness.
After You Drop It
If you drop your toothbrush on the bathroom floor, a good rinse under hot water might be enough to eliminate any lingering germs. However, if you drop your toothbrush on a dirty floor or germy surroundings like the toilet, it should probably be thrown away. There are germs and bacteria that you simply can’t rinse off, so you’ll have to buy a new toothbrush.
If You Notice Frayed Bristles
Over time, your toothbrush bristles may fray from use. While seemingly harmless, frayed toothbrush bristles can cutor abrade your gums. This can leave your gums susceptible to bacteria that could infect the tiny cuts left behind. As soon as you see your toothbrush bristles become frayed, throw your toothbrush away. Kids tend to brush harder than adults, making their toothbrushes fray much quicker. Keep an eye on their toothbrushes as well so you can throw them out accordingly.
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Have Questions? Head to Parkcrest Dental
If you have any questions about when you should throw your toothbrush away — or just general brushing tips— Parkcrest Dental would be happy to answer any questions you may have about your dental hygiene. Call us today at 417-887-1220 or fill out our new patient formsto get ready for your first appointment.