When it comes to having good oral health, it starts at home with simple things like brushing and flossing twice a day, avoiding sugary foods, and drinking lots of water. One part of at-home dental care that many patients overlook is the importance of switching out their toothbrushes regularly.
If you can’t remember the last time you got a new toothbrush, or if your bristles look matted and frayed, then it’s definitely time to get a new one. The American Dental Association states that you should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months — or more often if the brush head looks disheveled. So, why is this so important, and why is it more than just a recommendation?
Old Toothbrushes Can Cause Gum Damage
Your toothbrush is the most important dental accessory that you own. And although toothbrushes are resilient, their bristles start to wear down, break, and become ruffled over time.
New bristles are rounded off to create a soft edge. Meanwhile, worn-out nylon bristles develop sharp and jagged edges.
These edges can be abrasive and may lead to gum recession. If you notice that your toothbrush always wears out quickly, talk to our dentists about proper brushing techniques.
New Toothbrushes Remove More Plaque
Your saliva mixed with germs, bacteria, and leftover food particles form a sticky substance on your teeth called plaque. If plaque is left on your teeth for too long, it can harden and turn into tartar. Tartar can contribute to things like gum disease and cavities.
By using a strong and relatively new toothbrush every day, you can get rid of plaque and avoid tartar build-up. An overused toothbrush simply doesn’t clean as effectively.
Germs Build up on Old Toothbrushes
More germs build up on your toothbrush the longer you use it. Germs can also hitch a ride on your toothbrush when you are sick. Getting rid of your old toothbrush and swapping it out for a new one helps you cut down on harmful bacteria that can cause issues later.
Learn more about how you can take better care of your oral health. Schedule a complimentary consultation at our Aurora office today by calling 303-751-3321. Aspenwood Dental Associates and Colorado Dental Implant Center serves Aurora, Denver, Centennial, and nearby areas of Colorado.