Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Is It Time For a New Toothbrush?
Most dentists will agree, it’s time for a new toothbrush if:
1. You’ve had your existing toothbrush for three months or more.
2. If the bristles are bent or splayed out.
3. If the bristles are coming out.
4. If the bristles are discolored.
5. If deposits have collected at the bristle’s base.
6. If you have completed a course in antibiotics for the flu, a cold or strep throat.
7. If you have had chemotherapy or been under a similar medical stress.
8. If you routinely store your brush in a closed case.
9. If you store your brush close to a toilet.
Keep in mind a worn-out toothbrush will not keep plaque off your teeth and does not massage the gum tissue as is needed for optimal health. “Buying a new toothbrush or a new head for your electric brush is easy,” says Dr. Judith Ko, “And it can produce an immediate and positive effect on your dental health.”