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It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes everyday, but it doesn’t end there. You also have to make sure that you are using a good toothbrush. You might wonder if you need a new toothbrush or not, so here are three signs for when it’s time to get a new toothbrush:

  • The bristles are frayed: Usually after three months of using a new toothbrush the bristles start to fray from so much use, so your toothbrush isn’t as effective. It’s important to get a new toothbrush, so you can be confident your teeth are protected from teeth decay and gum disease.
  • You dropped it on the floor or in the sink: Since you brush your teeth in the bathroom, if you drop your toothbrush there it’s important to throw it away. The bathroom has a lot of bacteria hanging around. Even if you drop your toothbrush and pick it up right away, it can still collect bacteria you don’t want in your mouth.
  • You didn’t dry it out before storing it: If you put your toothbrush in a traveling bag or container when it was still wet, you should throw it out. In a moist environment, bacteria will start to build-up on your toothbrush. To avoid spreading that bacteria to your teeth, you should get a new toothbrush after traveling. Always air dry your toothbrush between uses to prevent bacteria from growing on it.

If you have any questions about dental care or would like to set-up a dental appointment, contact the friendly, experienced dental staff at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today.