When is it time for a new toothbrush?

woman looking at mirror and brushing teeth with water floss. One purchase that you might not think much about is that of your toothbrush. We all know it is best to brush our teeth after every meal, but how long does this instrument last? The team at Marsh Cove Dental and Implant Center in Naples, FL, believe in providing information to patients regarding when to replace their toothbrush. In addition, they may have questions about what type of toothbrush is most appropriate for their needs. If you are interested in learning more about caring for your toothbrush and when to replace it, we advise you to continue reading to educate yourself further on this topic.

What are some signs that your toothbrush is old?

Many patients are curious as to what they need to look for to determine if they need to switch out their toothbrushes. Some of the indications that you need to purchase a new one may include:

  • Fraying of the bristles
  • Faded coloring on the bristles
  • Recent infection or illness
  • A toothbrush over three months old

What you should look for when shopping for a new toothbrush

If you have determined that it’s time for a new toothbrush, you may be wondering what type to purchase. It is best to look for a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Some patients find that electric toothbrushes are more effective in thoroughly cleaning their teeth and may consider their options in that arena. Some patients might even look for electric toothbrushes with certain accessories, such as a timer, to make sure they are brushing long enough each time.

What other purchases should I consider?

We also encourage our patients to consider other dental instruments and products to help them with their oral health needs. These include:

  • Floss
  • Waterpiks
  • Mouthwash
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Tongue scrapers
  • Sugar-free gum

How to learn more about caring for your smile

There is much more to oral care than your toothbrush! If you are curious about how you can properly care for your smile and live in the Naples, FL community, we encourage you to call Marsh Cove Dental and Implant Center and schedule an initial evaluation with Drs. Eugene and Olga Titov.

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