November 17, 2020
You’ve probably picked up your toothbrush once or twice in your life to brush your teeth and suddenly become aware of its appearance for the first time in weeks. Maybe the bristles were bent out of shape, or maybe there was significant discoloration. Maybe it was then that you noted the fact that your teeth have felt a bit grittier as of late. If this has happened to you, you’re not alone, but it’s best to replace it before it gets old enough for you to notice. Your Wylie dentist shares some tell-tale signs that it’s time to replace your toothbrush and how often you should do it.
How Do I Know if It’s Time to Replace My Toothbrush?
You likely wouldn’t use the same cloth to wash your face for weeks on end without ever replacing it with a clean one. In the same way, it’s just as important for your oral health to make sure you are replacing your toothbrush regularly. Here are some signs that it is probably time to get a new one:
The Bristles are Worn Out
This is the most obvious way to know it’s time to switch your toothbrush out. If you notice that the bristles look frayed instead of straight, there’s a good chance your teeth are not receiving the level of cleaning they’re due.
Your Toothbrush Hasn’t Been Stored Sanitarily
Kids are some of the prime offenders of this but placing your toothbrush in a drawer or container without a cover for the bristles is leaving it open to bacteria. Once you’ve finished brushing your teeth and thoroughly rinsed your toothbrush, make sure you store it with a cap on the top.
Another Person’s Toothbrush Bristles Have Come in Contact with Yours
Did you know that over seven-hundred different types of bacteria have been found to be present in the human mouth? These bacteria are specific to an individual, meaning that even your significant other’s toothbrush should never touch yours. If you find that your toothbrush has been stored with another one without a cover, it’s time for a new one.
You Are Getting Over an Illness
While most common illnesses don’t have a scheduled end date, it’s important to consider replacing your toothbrush once you’re fully recovered. This can help you stay healthy by avoiding germs that might reinfect you.
You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Replaced It
Most people don’t write down the exact date when they replace their toothbrushes. However, if you can’t identify a general idea of the last time your toothbrush was replaced, it’s probably time to head to the store.
The phrase, “out of sight, out of mind,” could not be truer when it comes to a toothbrush. It’s something you probably only see twice a day, and if you’re tired and heading to bed or in a rush trying to get out the door, you likely don’t look too closely at it. Take a moment to check out your toothbrush today and see if it’s time for a replacement!
About the Author
Dr. Roger Morton leads the team of experts at Wylie Family Dentistry. With years of experience in the world of dentistry, his top priority is ensuring that his patients are provided with the knowledge and tools they need to keep their smiles as healthy as possible. His practice is built on integrity and long-lasting relationships, and he never hesitates to go out of his way to provide the best quality of care possible. Are you ready to schedule your next check-up and cleaning? Request an appointment online, or call us at (972) 442-5599.
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