You’re an oral hygiene superstar who brushes twice a day and flosses once a day as instructed by your hygienist. You’ve even learned the proper technique for brushing, but you just had your six-month cleaning, and your hygienist informed you that you have gum disease.
How could this happen?
The point of brushing your teeth is to remove plaque and food debris that attract bacteria and lead to decay and gum disease. But a toothbrush with worn or flattened bristles isn’t going to clean your teeth as thoroughly as a fresh, new brush. Getting your teeth clean is the point of the exercise, so you may as well be sure your efforts aren’t going to waste.
When to Buy a New Brush
The general rule of thumb is to replace your brush every three to four months. If you use a lot of pressure when you brush, you may need to replace it sooner. You will also want to speak to your hygienist to review your skills because overbrushing won’t get your teeth any cleaner and can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums.
You should also replace your brush sooner if you have been sick, especially if you store it with your family’s brushes. Germs can linger in the toothbrush after your illness, and continued use can lead to reinfection.
Ask Us about Helpful Oral Hygiene Tips
Oral hygiene is one of your best defenses against dental problems and is most effective when done with the proper tools and techniques. Running a flat, frayed brush across your teeth twice a day isn’t going to do much good, so if you’re going to make an effort, you may as well get the most out of it!
If you have questions about oral hygiene, please call East Northport, NY dentist Dr. Jeffrey Rubin. We will be happy to arrange a time for you to visit with one of our hygienists who will review your skills and provide tips for getting the most out of your at-home hygiene routine.