By Richard G Mark DDS
June 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   toothbrush  

What your dentist at Independence wants you to knowtoothbrush

If your toothbrush has begun to look like a scrub brush more than a toothbrush, it’s time to replace it. If you keep using a worn out toothbrush, you are not cleaning your teeth well enough. Worn out toothbrushes don’t remove plaque as completely. So how often should you replace your toothbrush? Dr. Richard Mark in Independence, MO wants to answer that question.

Ideally, you should plan on changing your toothbrush at least every 3 months. If you look at your toothbrush and the bristles are not in alignment or are flattened outward, it’s time to replace the toothbrush. You will also need to replace your toothbrush if you’ve been ill with a virus or bacterial infection like the flu, a cold or especially strep throat. If you keep using the same toothbrush, you can re-infect yourself.

When you go shopping for a new toothbrush, there are a few tips to keep in mind. You should always buy a toothbrush with:

  • Soft, rounded bristles because a hard-bristled toothbrush can cause damage to your teeth and gums
  • A head that is the correct size for your mouth so that you can easily reach your back teeth
  • A recognizable brand that is approved by the American Dental Association because generic toothbrushes are usually cheaply made and can make your gums and teeth sensitive

You can also benefit from checking out a sonic or electric toothbrush. They are easy to use and may clean your teeth better than manual toothbrushes. They are also great if you have dexterity problems or medical conditions like arthritis.

Brushing your teeth with the right toothbrush is critical to removing plaque. The plaque in your mouth contains millions of harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum and periodontal disease. You also don’t want to be using a toothbrush that is worn out because it is much less effective at plaque removal.

Get rid of that old, worn-out toothbrush. It’s time to go shopping for a new one. For more information about oral hygiene, dental care and dental services, call Dr. Mark in Independence, MO today!