When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If it’s been a while, it could be time to reinvigorate your oral health routine with a fresh new toothbrush. Let’s talk about when you should switch to a new toothbrush, and why it’s so important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Why It’s Important To Switch Brushes Regularly
Over time, the bristles on your toothbrush can become worn down. When this happens, they don’t clean your teeth as well as they should, leaving you at risk of plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease. A fresh new toothbrush helps to prevent plaque build-up, ensuring that your teeth stay as clean and healthy as possible.
So how do you know when your toothbrush is ready for retirement?
When It’s Time For A New Toothbrush
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends switching to a new toothbrush every three months. You should replace your toothbrush earlier if it’s showing signs of wear and tear, such as frayed or flattened bristles that extend beyond the width of the base.
Note that if your toothbrush is starting to look the worse for wear long before the three-month mark, this could be a sign that you’re brushing too vigorously. This might damage the enamel layer of your teeth and your gums, so be sure to brush in small, gentle circles with light pressure, rather than scrubbing back and forth. Brush up on your technique at your next dental visit.
A tip-top toothbrush is your number-one tool for excellent oral hygiene. If in doubt about when to change your toothbrush, speak to your dental professional for advice.