Are you one of those people who never remembers when you last bought something, or how often to replace it? Take the kitchen sponge, for example: how long is too long to keep using it? The same goes for our toothbrushes; these tools are used multiple times a day to clean our teeth, and should be regularly replaced to continue being effective. Has your Tampa dentist mentioned how long you should use your toothbrush for prior to replacing it? Most Tampa dentists recommend buying a new toothbrush every 3-4 months, and here’s why.

To keep your toothbrush clean in-between replacements, make sure you are taking good care of it. Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after each brushing with water to rinse out any leftover food or bacteria. Your Tampa dentist also recommends storing it upright so it doesn’t hold water and grow mildew or anything harmful that you would put in your mouth. You should also replace your toothbrush, regardless of how long you’ve had it, if you’ve been sick, as there is no way to get rid of the bacteria and you may prevent yourself from getting better.

Depending on how vigorously you brush your teeth, the bristles become frayed, making them less effective at cleaning your teeth. If your using an electric toothbrush, the pressure is regulated, meaning you should replace the head within the 3-4-month mark. These brushes are also equipped with a sensor that ensures you clean for the proper amount of time.

Buying a new toothbrush every few months should become a regular part of your routine, just like brushing and flossing twice a day. Your toothbrush can carry up to 10 million different germs, and an old toothbrush quickly becomes ineffective, leaving you at risk to plaque and gum disease. Need to schedule your next cleaning? Call us at North Pointe Dental today.