How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

toothbrushAdmittedly, most people don’t change their toothbrush as frequently as they’re supposed to. It’s not because we don’t want to have good dental hygiene, but it’s usually because we don’t know what the normal shelf life of a toothbrush is. However, using an old toothbrush for too long can actually be bad for your health. Changing your toothbrush frequently is a way to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and to prevent the spreading of any bacteria. That’s why for San Francisco patients, dentist Dr. Skoulas stresses how important it is to change your toothbrush regularly.

How Long Does It Take for My Tooth Brush to Wear Out?

For San Francisco residents, it’s important to know when it’s the right time to throw out your old toothbrush. For most people, brushing your teeth twice a day is pretty standard. Typically, the process of brushing your teeth lasts approximately two to three minutes. Gradually, this adds up to the wear and tear on your toothbrush. Ultimately, it takes about three months for your toothbrush to be considered old. Specialty toothbrushes, such as electric ones, may have different requirements for their toothbrush heads. Depending on the specific kind of toothbrush, you may require more frequent changes or less. However, for the standard, non-electric toothbrush, dentists recommend four to six months for a new change.

Recommended Toothbrushes to Use

When you do replace your toothbrush, you should be aware of the different styles there are available. There are two main types of toothbrushes that you can buy. There are manual, standard toothbrushes, and there are electric. A manual toothbrush is usually the most common type because it is easy to use, functional, and quiet. These types of toothbrushes are also manual and ready to use whenever you need it. Using a classic toothbrush is also the best way for you to have control over how hard or softly you want to brush your teeth.

Another option for San Francisco patients is an electric toothbrush. As mentioned before, these require different replacement time frames than manual toothbrushes. These toothbrushes are popular because they are a bit more efficient when it comes to cleaning. They require charging and aren’t as easily portable as standard toothbrushes, but they can do a great job cleaning your teeth. Although, with electric toothbrushes, you will have to charge them frequently and also buy replacement toothbrush heads.

Proper Toothbrush Maintenance and Care

When you do buy your replacement toothbrush, you want to get the most out of your toothbrush use. Dentist Dr. Skoulas recommends proper care to make your toothbrush last as long as possible; you want to make sure your toothbrush is clean. Rinse and clean your toothbrush frequently after your use it to get rid of any residual toothpaste. Keep your toothbrush in an upright position as well so that it dries vertically. This way, you can keep your toothbrush from any buildup of bacteria, lengthening the longevity of your brush.

Still have questions about toothbrush maintenance? Feel free to reach out to us at any time. Call our San Francisco office at (415) 757-0110 to talk to dentist Dr. Skoulas today. She will help assist you with any questions you have.

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