What You Didn’t Know About Toothbrushes

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You know that brushing your teeth every day is imperative for ideal oral health. You know the color of your personal toothbrush. But beyond that, how much do you really know about toothbrushes? Keep reading to learn more.

When should a toothbrush be replaced?
The lifespan of a toothbrush is three to four months. Make sure to replace your toothbrush at the proper time, or sooner if the bristles begin to look frayed. Keep in mind that a worn toothbrush will not be able to clean your teeth as well.

Which type of bristles is best?
Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles, whether you are using a manual or electric toothbrush. Using a toothbrush with medium or firm bristles can damage the gums and tooth enamel. Do not scrub your teeth when you brush them, as this can damage the enamel as well.

Should a toothbrush be shared?
Never share a toothbrush. Sharing a toothbrush means you are sharing bacteria and germs. This is especially a problem if you or the other person has a cold or flu.

For more information and to schedule your next visit with our doctors in Houston, Texas, we encourage you to call Crosby Dental Center at 281-328-3569. Dr. Jim Nored & Annette Gemp and our team look forward to seeing you!