Old Toothbrush? You should change it.

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Old Toothbrush? You should change it.

Brushing with an old toothbrush is like trying to clean a dirty toilet with a dirty toilet brush. Its not effective and definitely wont get it clean.

Dentist recommend changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months therefore, when you come to Value Dental Centers for your dental cleaning appointment every 3-6 months we provide you with a new toothbrush.

Researchers have confirmed that new toothbrush can remove more plaque then worn out toothbrushes.

Did you know you should change your toothbrush if:

  • You have been sick with the flu.
  • The bristles are frayed, because it  can no longer clean your teeth properly.
  • Debris is buildup at the bottom of the bristles.

Other interesting facts your toothbrush:

  • You can get bacteria over time from storing it in a closed container.
  • It is important to store your brush at least 6 feet away from the toilet to avoid fecal particles from reaching your brush.
  • Not changing it for long periods of time can lead to gum disease, loose of teeth, and more.
  • According to WebMD, a survey by Academy of General Dentistry says one third of 700 dentist state that brushing your teeth to hard is a frequent cause of tooth sensitivity.

Maintaining your toothbrush

You need to clean your toothbrush bristles regularly after every use.  The American Dental Association recommends rinsing the toothbrush under tap water after you brush to wash away lingering toothpaste and saliva. Then, store the toothbrush in a vertical position, with the bristles positioned so they can air dry.

When you purchase a new one consider:

  • Size – the head of the brush should be able to reach everywhere around your mouth without any difficulty.
  • Bristles –  Ever heard of soft, medium, or hard? For most people soft bristles are the best choice .
  • Recommendations – Quality toothbrushes are always recommended by an expert or organization.

Check out our other blog called ” Reasons Why Electric Toothbrushes Are Better

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