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By Signature Smiles, LLC
June 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

When to ditch that old toothbrush and other good oral health habits you should adopt.toothbrush

You’ve had that toothbrush for a while now. Perhaps you’re not even sure when you bought it. If you have an electric toothbrush than you may not remember the last time you put a new toothbrush head on it. This is certainly a problem. An old and fraying toothbrush won’t clean teeth properly, not to mention that these splayed out bristles can actually scratch up healthy enamel. Our Toms River, NJ, dentist, Dr. Carmela LaFalce, provides some helpful tips for keeping your teeth and gums their healthiest.

When to Swap Out Your Toothbrush

A toothbrush head isn’t meant to last forever. At best, you’ll be able to use it for about three to four months before needing to replace it. Of course, the moment you start to notice that the bristles are starting to splay out, this is a good sign that it’s time to toss out that toothbrush and get a new one.

Also, if you’ve just gotten over an illness (whether you caught that nasty cold from your roommate or that stomach bug that went around the office finally got to you) this is the perfect time to toss out that toothbrush. Think about it— you don’t want those germs lingering on your toothbrush and then going back in your mouth. Don’t put yourself at risk for another infection. Ditch that toothbrush right away.

Another good idea is to replace your toothbrush after traveling. Think about how many new germs that toothbrush has seen, from the hotel bathroom to your suitcase. Play it safe and replace your toothbrush after any kind of traveling.

Why You Should Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly

Besides the obvious protection from germs, a worn toothbrush won’t be as effective for cleaning your teeth as a fresh, new toothbrush head. You want to get the most effective clean possible and by replacing your toothbrush every three months you can make this possible. As we mentioned before, frayed old bristles can actually be damaging to your teeth. Protect your teeth from potential damage and excessive wear and tear and just pick up a new toothbrush when it’s time.

Do you have questions about how to care for your smile? Do you need to book your next visit with us? Then call Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ, today to get the care you need, your questions answered and your concerns addressed. We are here for you!


Carmela LaFalce, DMD
Dentist - Toms River
616 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

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