How often should you change your toothbrush?

Patients who are interested in obtaining better dental health and wellness are often interested in learning more about general dentistry and home healthcare. While most patients know to brush their teeth after every meal and to floss at least once a day, patients may have questions for our dental team that they may be unsure about. For example, one common question we hear from patients is: how often should I change my toothbrush?

Replace your toothbrush regularly

Most patients know to have their car into the shop every few months for an oil change, or to have their dog groomed every four to six weeks. But how often do you change your toothbrush?

There are specific recommendations in regards to when a toothbrush should eb changed, and they may vary from patient to patient. Here are some factors that may impact the time at which a patient should change their daily toothbrush:

  • When your dentist recommends – most dentists, including Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano, encourage patients to switch out their toothbrush every three months. This is because the toothbrush may lose its effectiveness over time due to the breakdown of the toothbrush bristles.
  • When you are sick – if patients have been diagnosed with a sickness, such as the flu, strep throat, or other condition that can be contracted by saliva, they should change out their toothbrush when they start treatment. A toothbrush that has not been changed may cause a patient to be reinfected with their condition.
  • When the bristles are frayed – our team recommends patients use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush their teeth, gums, and tongue. However, patients will find that their toothbrush bristles can become frayed with time. Patients who use more pressure to brush their teeth may notice that this happens to their toothbrushes well before the three month recommendation. Frayed toothbrushes will not brush as well as a fresh, newer toothbrush that replaces it.

Interested in other dental health recommendations?

Contact Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano at his practice today by calling (585) 248-2383 to schedule a consultation appointment. We are located at 600 Kreag Road in the community of Pittsford, NY, and welcome new and current patients into our facility for quality, comprehensive dental care solutions!

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