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How Long is Too Long to Use a Toothbrush?


Posted on 11/13/2017 by Thomas Mahar
Toothbrush Mahar Dental NY 13212-4103
Unless you are still so young that your toothbrush comes in the shape of a superhero, buying a new brush does not exactly count as retail therapy. You know you should replace your toothbrush every so often: but how often?

It really depends on how you brush, the kind of brush you use, and the state of your health. Read on for our expert advice, then head to the bathroom and ask yourself: is it time to make a change?

Why is Replacing Your Brush Important?

Replacing your toothbrush regularly is really a matter of efficacy rather than health. Although there are a lot of germs that live on your toothbrush, they will not cause you any harm as long as you use scientifically formulated toothpastes (which kill germs) and allow your toothbrush to dry out fully after you use it.

However, the longer you use your toothbrush, the more splayed and frayed the bristles become: and the less effective they are at cleaning your teeth.

Signs Your Toothbrush Needs Throwing Out

In general, we advise that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months. But to be sure, look at your toothbrush, not your calendar!

If the bristles on your brush are splayed out in every direction, you should replace the brush: this may happen within less than three months if you brush particularly hard (which children tend to do). You should also replace the brush if the bristles become discolored.

Also, it is important to make sure your toothbrush dries out thoroughly after use, especially if you have recently been ill. So, if your bathroom is a steamy environment, you might consider changing out your brush sooner.

Replace your toothbrush every three to four months at most. However, if you have children or have recently suffered from ill health, contact us for advice on whether you should throw that brush out sooner.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (315) 766-2770 today.

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