Every time you visit your dentist, you may receive a new toothbrush from them. While you may take it as a token for the ‘trauma’ you think you’ve just faced, but reality is it’s because of how frequently you should be changing your toothbrush. It is recommended by the American Dental Association, or the ADA that you should change your toothbrush every three to four months, or when your bristles become frayed. Why is it so important to change your toothbrush so often?

Changing your toothbrush is important because if it is frayed, or has been in the timeframe of four months, it is not working as efficiently as possible. The efficiency is not determined on whether you have an electric toothbrush or a manual, but rather if it is capable of fully removing plaque and food debris from your teeth.

If your bristles are not frayed, but it has been the three to four-month mark of the toothbrush, it is opportune to swap toothbrushes to a new one because your tooth can be carrying bacteria and multiplying germs. If this is occurring, you are brushing your teeth for no real reason as bacteria is not helping with promoting good oral health.

Another reason you will want to switch your toothbrush because of germ growth is when you are sick. While you’re sick, using the same toothbrush is fine – but after you start to feel better, it is imperative to switch your toothbrush to a clean, new one to not cause your germs to grow and accumulate.

Switching your toothbrush on a regular basis is important for your oral health and hygiene. If you go in for a routine teeth cleaning and your dentist alerts you to your teeth not being properly cleaned, your toothbrush may be the culprit. It is wise to keep a stock of soft bristled toothbrushes for proper teeth care. The soft bristles will be gentle enough on your enamel and gums and keep the bacteria and food debris away.

Call your doctor to schedule a routine teeth cleaning or to find out more information on the importance of switching out your toothbrush.