Your toothbrush is an important part of keeping your teeth clean, but it’s important to remember to replace it. You should plan on getting a new toothbrush every few months. This helps ensure that you have a brush that is able to thoroughly clean your teeth and remove traces of food.
Why Do You Need to Change Your Toothbrush?
Brushing your teeth two or three times a day leads to wear and tear on the bristles. Although this is a sign that you’re cleaning your teeth regularly, it also means that your brush has a harder time doing a good job. Bristles can become bent or worn down as you brush your teeth on a daily basis. If you have had an orthodontist fit you with metal braces, your toothbrush can experience even more wear and tear as you try to brush around them. When your toothbrush can’t clean your teeth properly, plaque can build up and lead to tooth decay.
When Do You Need a New Toothbrush?
Check your toothbrush on a regular basis to look for signs that you need a new one. These signs include broken bristles or bristles that stick out in different directions. If you have had your toothbrush for at least 3 months, you should plan on getting a new one. If you wear metal braces, keep in mind that you might end up with bristle problems in a shorter amount of time.
How Can I Keep My Toothbrush in Good Condition?
You can protect your toothbrush by thoroughly rinsing it off after using it and standing it up in a holder. Wearing removable Invisalign braces instead of metal ones also helps reduce wear and tear on your toothbrush bristles.
Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment
Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:
• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio
His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:
• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins
You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.
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Dr. Papandreas is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Cleveland Dental Society, Ohio Dental Association and the Schulman Study Group of top orthodontic practices nationally.