How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush? The answer to this debate usually depends on who you talk to. The normal assumption is that you should be replacing your toothbrush at least every three months. Toothbrush manufacturers might say every 30 days. But what is the real deal? Is there a “right” answer to this question?

What Toothbrush Manufacturers Say

Most manufacturers recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. While many people may think this is merely to sell more toothbrushes, it is actually based on a variety of good reasons. While exploring this question, we discovered the following reasons for this recommendation:

  • Bristles become frayed and worn
  • Prevents bacteria from developing
  • Brushing is less effective
  • New brushes remove more plaque

Manufacturers of electric toothbrushes offer subscription services through distributors. This service sends members a new electric toothbrush head automatically. By using a service, there is no problem trying to remember how long you’ve been using your brush. You simply change to the new head when it arrives in the mail.

Some toothbrush manufacturers have employed “reminder bristles” in their designs. These special bristles are brightly colored when you buy your new toothbrush. As you use the brush, the color fades. Once the color is gone or significantly faded, it is time to change your brush.

What the American Dental Association Says

Both the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have guidelines for toothbrushes. The general recommendation is to replace your brush every three to four months. While that is almost the same as the manufacturer’s recommendation, there are additional reasons recommended by both organizations.

 

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In addition to regularly changing your toothbrush, you should also replace it under these conditions:

  • When anyone in your household has been sick, especially bacterial infections such as strep throat
  • For children who sometimes chew on or mash the heads of their toothbrushes
  • If anyone else uses your toothbrush
  • If you drop it on the floor or any other surface

The general rule should be — When in doubt, change it out.

General Care of Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush can be a collector of all things icky. By developing a few simple habits, you can prevent many issues that can result in bacteria growth.

Don’t share toothbrushes. Even if rinsed well, brushes can have germs.

Rinse your brush thoroughly after use. Make sure you rinse all toothpaste residue from between bristles.

Store your toothbrush upright to air dry. Don’t allow toothbrushes to rest against one another.

Don’t use any of these to “deep clean” your toothbrush — Dishwasher, microwave, ultraviolet devices, disinfecting solutions, or mouthwash. These may damage your brush resulting in less effective brushing.

Avoid covering toothbrushes. If you use a travel container, your toothbrush should be allowed to dry before packing. If you must pack it damp, remove it and rinse it upon arrival at your destination.

Whether you have Invisalign, traditional braces, or no braces, maintaining a clean and healthy smile is important. Part of ensuring that is taking care of your toothbrush and switching it out regularly.

So… How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

At Pitner Orthodontics, we recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three months. We would also stress that replacing it after an illness is important to remove the risk of re-infecting yourself. Whether you use a manual toothbrush, an electric, or a battery-powered brush, changing it more often is the best practice.

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Orthodontic Treatment Elgin SC

Selecting orthodontic treatment in Elgin, SC may not seem easy, but it can be. While every office claims to be the best, new patients should still conduct due diligence. As you research orthodontists in the Columbia, SC area, Dr. Leslie Pitner will stand out from the crowd. Pitner Orthodontics is rated as a Diamond+ Invisalign provider.

Finding Orthodontic Treatment in Elgin, SC

Although the most common reason for seeking an orthodontist is for braces, there are many other reasons to add a good orthodontist to your address book. Let’s start by discussing the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist.

A dentist is concerned with the general health of a patient’s gums, tongue, teeth, and mouth. A dentist will diagnose and treat cavities, infections, gum disease, and other oral ailments. Although an orthodontist receives the same training in general dentistry, they also receive additional specialized training. This extra training shifts the focus of an orthodontist to diagnosing and treating misalignments (malocclusions) of the teeth and jaws.

A shorter explanation could be that every orthodontist is also a dentist, but not every dentist is an orthodontist. When your dentist recommends that you seek an orthodontist, they are referring you to a specialist that can assist in straightening your teeth. But more than mere aesthetics, orthodontics also creates better overall health.

Why Choosing Pitner Orthodontics Makes Sense

When searching for orthodontic treatment in Elgin, SC, you want a doctor with excellent experience in the field. Dr. Leslie Pitner is a Diamond+ Invisalign provider, which means that she has created many great smiles.

To obtain Diamond+ status, an orthodontist must successfully treat patients using Invisalign. In addition to working with patients, Dr. Pitner wrote the book on orthodontics — “Improve Your Smile, Transform Your Life: A Guide to Orthodontics for Adults.”

 

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We say that orthodontics creates a healthier overall body. What we mean is that in addition to creating a beautiful smile, having straight teeth improves many other areas also.

Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, which reduces oral hygiene problems such as tooth decay and infections. A straight and even bite path leads to a greater ability to eat without difficulty. Being able to chew food more efficiently leads to better digestion. So, as you see, orthodontics is about more than just having a great-looking smile.

If you’re ready to find out why Pitner Orthodontics should be your choice for orthodontic treatment in Elgin, SC, make an appointment for your complimentary consultation today.

Schedule Your First Appointment Online Today

Choosing an orthodontist is a life choice. When you find a good one, you want to continue that relationship for all your future orthodontic needs. Dr. Pitner is a good fit for every family. Between her attention to detail in creating individualized treatment plans to the comforting environment of the office and the caring staff.

You can get a start on your road to a great smile by taking advantage of the free initial consultation. Pitner Orthodontics is confident that after a first visit, patients will remain for continued treatment. This $249 value is free to all new patients. With no risk, doesn’t it make sense to see if Pitner Orthodontics is the right orthodontist for your family?

To get started, just click on the Appointment button on our home page. Fill out the requested information, then submit your appointment request. Our office staff will contact you to set things up. You may also call us at any of our three local offices.

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