Toothbrushes eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Numerous studies show that, after three months of normal wear and tear, the nylon bristles in toothbrushes are a good deal less effective at removing plaque from tooth surfaces and gums than new ones. To be effective, bristles must be able to make their way into the crevices that harbor the bacteria that are constantly forming to pose a threat to tooth enamel and gums. In addition to replacing toothbrushes, it is also important to allow them to air dry after use since wet bristles are breeding grounds for unhealthy bacteria and fungi. Be sure to replace toothbrushes after a bout with a common cold to reduce the risk of reinfection.
We invite you to come see us for all of your dental needs. Good experience with dentistry is based on making the right choice in a family dentist. At DISTINCTIVE SMILES OF DUBLIN, we strive to teach good oral hygiene so that you will have better dental health and, of course, spend far fewer dollars. Located at 5142 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, we’re currently accepting new patients. Please call 614.792.1800 to schedule your appointment. Ask us about our Healthy Smiles Plan.
P.S. If you need a reminder to replace your toothbrush regularly, purchase one with bristles that change color as they degrade.