What to Expect When Looking at a Worn Out Toothbrush
Posted on 5/29/2020 by Dick Hikade, DDS
If your toothbrush looks frazzled and worn, you need to replace it fast. Brushing with a worn toothbrush that displays split-ended bristles or micro-splayed ends will not get your teeth clean and free of decay. If you wonder why you still need fillings, this may be the reason. You cannot make a worn toothbrush your companion. Otherwise, you can defeat the purpose of good dental hygiene. The following information will give you a better understanding of why your toothbrush should be replaced frequently.
Splurge on Your Toothbrush and You Will Have Better Checkups
You should buy a new toothbrush every three months, or four times per year, on average, for better dental health. If you wait longer to replace your manual toothbrush or brush head for your electric brush, you stand the risk developing notches or slots in the teeth, resorption, or tears to the gum. What makes things even worse is when patients use a worn brush and use a horizontal motion when they brush. Preventative care is essential, which means replacing your soft toothbrush every three months, maybe even sooner.
Plaque and Bacteria Does Not Call a Time Out – That Is Why You Need to Invest In a Good Brush
If you keep using a worn toothbrush or brush head on your electric toothbrush, you run the risk of fracturing your teeth. This is especially risky if you already have developed notches on teeth or accumulated a good deal of plaque. A worn brush can cut into gums or erode or scratch the enamel. When this occurs, pathogenic bacteria can easily take up residence at these sites in your mouth. That is why dental professionals suggest that patients replace their toothbrush or brush head every three months. When you use a toothbrush or brush head, brush about 4 minutes with the manual brush and around 2 minutes with the electric brush. Only use a vertical motion. We can help you develop the right brushing technique and support your efforts for better dental care. Give us a call today – replace that worn toothbrush and schedule an assessment and professional cleaning.