Think back to the last time you replaced your toothbrush. If you are like all too many people, you probably don’t remember. Ask any top dentist in the 54115 area, and they will tell you that people are simply not swapping old toothbrushes for news toothbrushes often enough.

A good rule of thumb is that if the bristles on your toothbrush are starting to bend, it’s time to replace it. It’s also a good idea to store it upright and away from the toothbrushes of family members so it has time to dry between uses, which can help prevent bacteria from building up.

Here’s Just How Gross Your Brush Can Be

If you are storing your toothbrush in the bathroom—and who isn’t storing their toothbrush there?—you might be disgusted to learn that it could be covered in droplets of feces. Scientific studies and the guys from the popular TV show Mythbusters have proven that every time the toilet flushes, microscopic fecal matter goes flying—and some if it is landing on your toothbrush.

If that is still not enough to get you to immediately replace your toothbrush, here are some other guidelines you should follow.

Some Guidelines for Changing Your Toothbrush

Although the American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months, not all dentists believe there should be such a hard and fast rule. Some say that it depends on how often you use your toothbrush, and bristles being bent are more of a reliable sign that replacement is needed. Once the bristles are bent, they don’t clean teeth effectively.

Another tip is that when you run your tongue across the front of your teeth after brushing, you should feel a clean, smooth feeling. If you don’t, you can assume it’s time a for a new brush.

Some dentists recommend disposing of your toothbrush after a bout of illness. Others don’t believe it is necessary, but it is probably a good idea to be on the safe side.

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The bottom line is that if you don’t remember last replacing your toothbrush, you are probably overdue. If you have questions about toothbrushes or any other aspect of your oral health, contact a top dentist in the 54115 area such as Dr. Yenchensky. Call FoxView Dental today!