“Why Should I Replace My Toothbrush?”

Just like pillows and mattresses, you should replace your toothbrush regularly. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush at least every three to four months. Have you ever noticed that the bristles on your toothbrush become frayed over a period of time? This means your toothbrush is worn out. When the bristles fray, the brush doesn’t clean your teeth and gums as well as it should. In addition, another reason to replace your toothbrush is because the bristles may harbor bacteria over time. Below Dr. LaFrom and our staff have compiled some tips for keeping your toothbrush in good condition that are in accordance with ADA guidelines.

Toothbrush Storage and Use Guidelines

  • Rinse your toothbrush with warm water after brushing. Tap it dry.  Make sure to remove all traces of toothpaste.
  • Store your toothbrush in an upright position. It is important that your toothbrush dries completely in between uses.
  • Avoid storing your toothbrush in a closed container. Closed containers keep your toothbrush from drying and bacteria thrive in a moist environment. However, a closed container is preferable if you are traveling.
  • You can clean your toothbrush in the dishwasher to kill the bugs, once a month.
  • Refrain from sharing a toothbrush with others—even your spouse.
  • Inspect your toothbrush every few weeks. Look for frayed bristles and replace it when necessary.

Purchasing a Toothbrush

When it is time to replace your toothbrush, make sure that the toothbrush you buy has the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. The outside package will visibly indicate if the manufacturer’s product is accepted by the ADA. Be sure that the package you purchase is sealed as well. Feel free to ask a member of our staff for a brand recommendation.

To ask questions or schedule an appointment with Dr. LaFrom, contact our Cupertino dentist office at (408) 996-8595. We serve patients from Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Campbell, San Jose, and Santa Clara County.

~ by cupertinodentist on March 2, 2012.

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