Why and when to replace your toothbrush head

Toothbrushes in black glassSpringfield, MA area patients who take good care of their smiles may be curious to know when they need to change their toothbrush out — and why! The team at Taylor Street Dental works directly with individuals to help them learn more about caring for the instruments that assist them in keeping their smiles healthy. Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo are committed to ensuring patients have the information they need to achieve and maintain a healthy smile!

When should I change out my toothbrush?

Patients often ask our team how often they should be replacing their toothbrush. This includes the toothbrush heads used on electric versions. It is always a great idea to throw out your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months, or sooner if the toothbrush is showing signs of wear, such as fraying bristles, or if individuals have recently had an illness.

Why should I change out my toothbrush or electric toothbrush head?

It is important that you replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head regularly, and here’s why:

  • Wear and tear. A toothbrush with worn or frayed bristles cannot clean nearly as effectively as a new toothbrush. Additionally, they can damage the gum tissues and cause abrasive brushing that results in bleeding and swelling. Swapping out the toothbrush or toothbrush head at the first sign of wear can ensure a clean and healthy smile.
  • Recent illness. If you have recently had strep throat or a cold, be mindful in disposing of your toothbrush or toothbrush head, as they can hold bacteria and possibly reinfect an individual with the same illness again.
  • Germs. Toothbrushes are stored in bathrooms where moisture thrives, which in turn can cause the growth of bacteria on the toothbrushes that can make you sick. These damp utensils attract bacteria and allow it to grow and multiply.

Call Taylor Street Dental today!

If you reside in the Springfield, MA community and are interested in learning more about caring for your smile, call Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo today at 413-781-7645 to request an appointment. We are open to new patients and encourage you to make a consultation visit to discuss the care of your smile!

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