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When to Replace Your Toothbrush


Posted on 5/15/2024 by Office - Boone DMD
An electric toothbrushKeeping your toothbrush fresh is key to maintaining good oral hygiene. But how often should you be replacing it? Let us explore the signs that indicate it is time to bid farewell to your old toothbrush and welcome a new one into your dental routine.

Signs of Wear and Tear


Take a close look at the bristles. Are they frayed or splayed? If so, it is a clear sign that your toothbrush is no longer effectively removing plaque and debris from your teeth and gums. Frayed bristles can also be harsh on your gums, causing irritation and discomfort during brushing.

The Three-Month Rule


While wear and tear are important factors, the timeline for replacing your toothbrush also plays a crucial role. Dental professionals recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. This timeframe ensures that your toothbrush remains effective and hygienic, as bacteria accumulate on the bristles, leading to potential oral health issues.

After Illness


Another instance when you should consider replacing your toothbrush is after recovering from an illness, particularly if you were contagious, like with the flu or a cold. Bacteria and viruses can linger on the bristles, increasing the risk of reinfection. By replacing your toothbrush after being sick, you help prevent the spread of germs and maintain better oral health for yourself and those around you.

If the Brush Smells


If your toothbrush emits a foul odor even after thorough rinsing, it indicates bacteria buildup. While brushing, your toothbrush accumulates bacteria from your mouth, and over time, this can lead to unpleasant odors.

Perform a simple smell test by bringing your toothbrush close to your nose. If you detect an unpleasant or sour smell, it is time to replace your toothbrush. Do not ignore this warning sign, as using a smelly toothbrush can reintroduce bacteria into your mouth, undermining your oral hygiene efforts.

Not replacing your toothbrush regularly can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues due to plaque buildup and debris on your teeth. Contact our dentist today to learn more about brushing your teeth.
Margaret A. Boone, DMD
30485 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 203
Wilsonville, OR 97070

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