How often should you change your toothbrush?

DentistWhile everyone knows that they need to brush their teeth after every meal, they may not be aware of how often they need to replace their toothbrush or what kind to get. These are questions that Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia in Austin, TX encourages his patients to ask. With the knowledge they need, most patients are able to care for their teeth and gums and keep problems such as cavities and periodontal disease away!

How often should you change your toothbrush?

The American Dental Association and dental professionals recommend that patients replace their toothbrush at least every three months or when the bristles of the toothbrush become frayed. This is to ensure that the toothbrush maintains its effectiveness. In addition, patients who are sick will need to replace their toothbrush when they are well, as the germs on the toothbrush can reinfect them with the illness. This is also why patients should not share toothbrushes, as germs can pass back and forth. Patients who have periodontal disease should also avoid sharing toothbrushes, as the bacteria in their mouth can be transmitted to those who use the toothbrush.

What type of toothbrush should I purchase?

Many patients will be just find with a soft-bristled toothbrush that can be found at most drugstores. However, other patients love the cleaner feeling they get with an electric toothbrush. The type of toothbrush you buy will vary depending on your personal preferences. Our dentists do find that the electric toothbrushes are more effective at getting between teeth, but when patients floss, they can also achieve the same results. Patients who buy an electric toothbrush will need to consider a variety of preferences to get the one they like the best, including power supply, pressure sensors, and timers.

Discuss toothbrush selection and replacement with Dr. Arturo Garcia

If you reside in the area of Austin, TX and want to work with a dental team that is committed to providing quality care for you and your family, contact Smiles by Garcia at (512) 402-5872. The practice is conveniently located at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite 210.