With Spring just about to pass, most of us have done the obligatory spring cleaning, from fridge to closet and everything in between. But did you include your bathroom cabinet in that everything? When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? Does your toothbrush look more like the matted down and wild brush used for horse’s manes? If yes, then it may be time to get a new toothbrush.
What Does The American Dental Association Say About Replacing Your Toothbrush?
The ADA, the premier dental society in America, recommends changing your toothbrush every three months. After extensive research, the ADA has figured this is around the time most toothbrushes undergo their typical wear and tear and become less effective in removing plaque from your mouth. There is also the aspect of bacterial build-up in the bristles of your toothbrush to consider.
Even though the ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush around the three-month mark, there are certain instances where you may have to replace it even earlier. If you’re an aggressive brusher, the bristles may be worn down even more, making the toothbrush lose its efficacy earlier. Also, if you’re recovering from a sickness or infection, it’s best to throw that toothbrush away because of the germs it may be carrying.
If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, you can take a look at the state of your brush. Are the bristles worn and no longer standing straight up but frayed out? Has the color changed? These could be signs you need to replace that toothbrush.
What Happens If You Don’t Replace Your Toothbrush?
At best, nothing bad. At worst, you could lose your teeth. Worn-out toothbrushes lead to ineffective oral hygiene which could lead to a number of oral health risks, not excluding infections. Infections left untreated can cause teeth to fall out.
Not only your oral health, but long-owned toothbrushes can even impact your overall health. With eventual bacterial buildup or even fungal accumulation, you can get very sick if the toothbrush you use is very old.
Need A Dental Professional To Recommend A Toothbrush?
Maybe you’re looking at your toothbrush now knowing you have no idea how long it’s been since your last replacement, or maybe you’re just due for a checkup; whatever your need, The Dentists of Omaha have your back and your mouth! With four locations around Omaha and decades of experience, including being Omaha Magazine’s Best Family Dentist for 15 years, we’re happy to help! Visit our website to find out more!